Dr. Fabio de Castro and Prof. Dr. Kees Koonings
BA 5. Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture
This course aims to address historical development and contemporary dynamics of the modern Brazilian society.
However, the current multiple crises point to the problems and limitations of the Workers’ Party’s programme of equitable and inclusive development. The course seeks to look beyond the current crisis in order to understand the socio/economic, environmental, political and cultural transformation of the largest Latin American country. The concepts of democracy, citizenship and culture will help us to frame key dimensions of this transformation. Democracy refers to the changes in the political order. Until recently, democratic political stability was an important factor for relatively successful development during the past 25 years in Brazil. Citizenship is not only fundamental for democratic politics but also speaks to the challenges in the field of security, wellbeing, inequality, identity, diversity and participation. Brazil is often seen as a paradigm of unequal or ‘disjunctive’ citizenship. Culture refers to changing values, identity and practices in both urban and rural spaces.
Form of instruction and assessment
This course is offered for 6 ECTs. Each session consists of a lecture from 13:00 to 15:45 hours, followed by a working group from 16:00 to 17:00 hours (with corresponding literature). The course is assessed on the basis of working group assignment (20%), a book review (20%) and a final written open book exam on the lectures and the literature (60%). If desired, the course can be extended to 7,5 ECTs by writing a short assignment for the extra 1,5 ECTs.
The literature will consist of a reader of articles and book chapters (about 60 pages to study per meeting). The main course literature will be F. de Castro, K. Koonings, and M. Wiesebron (eds) 2014. Brazil under the Workers’ Party Continuity and Change from Lula to Dilma – Palgrave. Apart from that, we will provide the student with a limited number of articles and book chapters.
Registration and Participation
MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.
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