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Unit information: Key Moments in Lusophone History and Culture in 2020/21

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Unit name Key Moments in Lusophone History and Culture
Unit code HISP10015
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Lingna Nafafe
Open unit status Not open



HISP10307, HISP10302

School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to introduce students to the history, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world through the study of texts relating to key historical moments, such as: early colonialism and the discovery of Brazil; slavery; expansion into Africa and the 1890 Ultimatum; Republicanism; dictatorship and revolution, decolonisation, race relations, postcolonialism and contemporary Lusophone identities. There will be a focus on the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, and students will be exposed to the plurality and diversity of the Lusophone world. By the end of the year, students will also have developed their skills in reading in Portuguese. The unit will equip students with a solid knowledge base in Lusophone studies, and it will facilitate the development of academic skills, enabling students to progress successfully through the BA programme.

TB-1 lectures and seminars will be taught by Dr Jose Lingna Nafafe.

TB-2 lectures and seminars will be taught by Dr Edward King

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will have developed:

1. Knowledge of key moments in the history of the Portuguese-speaking world and understanding of how these moments have affected subsequent cultural production

2. Ability to read and interpret a range of texts (historical, literary, visual, academic, in English and Portuguese

3. Skills in critical thinking and academic writing as appropriate to level C.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

1 x 1500 word essay at the end of TB1 testing ILOs 1-3 (40% of the unit mark)

1 x learning portfolio consisting of 2 x 500 word commentaries + 1 x 1,500 word essay testing ILOs 1-3 (60% of the unit mark).

Reading and References

  • David Birmingham, A Concise History of Portugal, 2nd edn
  • Boris Fausto, A Concise History of Brazil
  • Malyn Newitt, Portugal in Africa: the last hundred years
  • Boaventura de Sousa Santos, ‘Between Prospero and Caliban: Colonialism, Post-*Colonialism and Inter-Identity’ – to be supplied on Blackboard

In addition to these titles, further sources and cultural texts will be made available to students on Blackboard and through the library.