AAS 473 - Brazil: History and Culture
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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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 identifications have inspired much of Brazil’s unique cultural production, particularly in the areas of religion, music and the plastic arts. The course will conclude by examining Brazil’s current governing party and political context in relation to current events, setting them in the context of the nation's longer history.

AAS 473 - Brazil: History and Culture
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001 (LEC)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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