Portuguese Class Descriptions for Fall 2021


All listed courses are available for Fall 2021. This page is documenting updated course descriptions for Fall 2021, please see catalog.ku.edu for a full list of courses.


PORT 104: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese I

Instructor: Simone Cavalcante Da Silva

Email: sdasilva@ku.edu

Flyer for PORT 104. Contains five images of colorful yellow and brown rooftops and buildings, as well as a large photo of the cityscape.

Begin your journey of learning to speak Portuguese! You will learn essential vocabulary and fundamentals of grammar of Brazilian Portuguese through practice in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. 5 credit hour course open for Fall 2021! Contact sdasilva@ku.edu for more information.


PORT 177: First Year Seminar - The Amazon: Framing Environmental Issues Through Literature and Film

Instructor: Luciano Tosta

Email: lucianotosta@ku.edu

Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 - 2:15PM, Snow Hall 302

Crosslisted with GIST 177 and LAC 177

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Through the lends of literature and film, this seminar will discuss environmental issues in the Amazon and help us to answer:

  • How do narratives of place shape our understanding of our relationship to the natural world?
  • What role do novels and films play in bridging local realities to a broader global context?

Students will rea news stories and journal articles to establish a framework for present-day environmental challenges in the Amazon. Through course activities, students will critically examine how different sources build understanding and serve as catalysts for change. Additionally, students will consider how the lessons of the Amazon apply to local and national debates about preservation issues, for example, through investigations of the Baker Wetlands and the Badlands of South Dakota.

Enrollment now open for Fall 2021! 3 credit hour course, satisfies Goal 1 Outcome 1. Please contact Dr. Tosta at lucianotosta@ku.edu for more information.


PORT 300: Brazilian Culture

Instructor: Simone Cavalcante Da Silva

Email: sdasilva@ku.edu

Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00-12:15, WES 4037

Crosslisted as HIST 389 and LAC 313

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Learn about Brazil's multicultural society, vibrant cinema and literature, complex economics, tumultuous politics, and rich music. You will also learn how race, class, and gender relate to the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country through literature, films, and videos! Fulfills KU Core Goal 4 Outcome 2. Taught in English. Now accepting enrollment for Fall 2021! Contact sdasilva@ku.edu for more information.


PORT 347: Afro-Latin American Cultures

Instructor: Luciano Tosta

Email: lucianotosta@ku.edu

Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00-12:15PM, Wescoe 4034

Crosslisted with AAAS 723, LAC 602, and AAAS 320

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Discover the history of the Afro-descendant communities in Latin American countries like Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina!

Through literary studies, film, history, anthropology, sociology, and religion, this course will analyze the role that African identity has played in the formation of these national cultures. Key focuses include how Afro descendants have represented themselves and been represented in literature, cinema, and music, as well as how they have used art as a form of self and political expression. As a capstone course for Latin American Studies, you will create independent projects related to these themes by bringing together the knowledge you have acquired about the field of Latin American studies throughout your undergraduate experience!

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00-12:15PM, Wescoe 4034. Now accepting enrollment for Fall 2021! Please contact Dr. Tosta at lucianotosta@ku.edu for more information.


PORT 348: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Business

Instructor: Simone Cavalcante Da Silva

Email: sdasilva@ku.edu

Flyer for PORT 348. Contains images of paper money, a Brazilian soccer fan holding a flag, and a photo of the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Explore Brazilian business practices in an asynchronous, online 8 week course! You will learn essential vocabulary and communication skills related to business and professional life in Brazil. Course taught in English! 8 week online course for Fall 2021 - Contact sdasilva@ku.edu for more information.