LACS 455 - Topics in Latin American Studies
Section: 002 History of Brazil: Race, Religion, and Art
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Department: LSA II: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Brazil is a place of paradoxes and contrasts. The fifth most populous nation, it boasts one of the world's largest economies and an advanced industrial sector, but suffers income disparity and regional economic imbalances that are among the world's most dire. Its constitution guarantees social and economic justice and protects historically disenfranchised groups, but implementation and enforcement of the law is hobbled by special interests and police corruption. It celebrates its rich multi-ethnic cultural heritage, but remains stratified by perceived racial and regional differences.

In this course, we will examine the historical roots of these paradoxes, focusing particularly on cultural production and expression. Topics include: indigenous societies and responses to European invasion; slavery and paternalism; religious expression; and the ways that racial and ethnic identification has inspired much of Brazil’s unique cultural production, particularly in the areas of music and the plastic arts.

LACS 455 - Topics in Latin American Studies
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002 (SEM)
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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