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Unit information: Key Moments in Lusophone History and Culture in 2022/23

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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 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lingna Nafafe
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)


Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

HISP10307, HISP10302

Units you may not take alongside this one


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

Unit Information

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

Your learning on this unit

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

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

2. Analyse and evaluate a range of texts (historical, literary, visual, academic), in English and Portuguese;

3. Develop skills in critical thinking and academic writing as appropriate to level 4/C.

How you will learn

You will be taught through two weekly seminars along with weekly lecture content for a total of three teaching hours per week. This teaching will include collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor input and consultation. Online activities and digital resources will be used as appropriate.

How you will be assessed

Tasks which count towards your unit mark (summative)

1 x 1500-word learning portfolio (50%) (ILOs 1-3]

1 x 1500-word essay (50%) [ILOs 1-3]

When assessment does not go to plan

When required by the Board of Examiners, you will normally complete reassessments in the same formats as those outlined above. However, the Board reserves the right to modify the form or number of reassessments required. Details of reassessments are normally confirmed by the School shortly after the notification of your results at the end of the academic year.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.