Course lecturers: Dr. Fabio de Castro and Prof. Dr. Kees Koonings
Tel./mail 020 525 3257 /
Period: 6 February – 27 March 2018
Time: Tuesday 13:00 – 17:00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

BA 5. Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture

This course aims to address historical development and contemporary dynamics of the modern Brazilian society.
The return to democracy in the 1980s, and in particular the election of the leftist president Lula in 2002 seemed to mark
a rupture with a pattern of unequal development.

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

UvA Students
Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

The cost of a CEDLA Bachelor course is €40.00 per credit, the Master courses cost €60.00 per credit. The amount due should be transferred to IBAN number NL51INGB0004990722, and made payable to Centrum voor studie en documentatie van Latijns Amerika, Amsterdam. Please make sure you also give your name and the title of the selected course with your payment transfer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498

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