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Module

POR2001 : Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • Lecturer: Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Teaching Assistant: Ms Loiana Leal Pavlichenko
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degree offered in the School of Modern Languages, the general aim of this module is to introduce students to the cultures and societies of Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa, as well as to key contemporary debates that allow for a complex understanding of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides an introduction to the cultural production and societies of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students will learn about the cultures and societies of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa through modern and contemporary film, music, literature, and the visual arts. This module will also introduce students to key current debates relating to the Portuguese-speaking world, as well as to some of its most relevant literary and cultural figures.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Lecture materials and related activities
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Preparation for small group teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Synchronous online teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-person teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online: Drop-in/Surgery on formative and sumative assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online: Introduction to the module/welcome selection
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR2101Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (recordings, readings, commentary, etc.) will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required. Remote and present-in-person sessions will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss key texts and topics individually and in groups, and develop their independent thinking, critical analysis and debate. These sessions will develop students’ ability to apply concepts, debate, think comparatively, and produce arguments. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of lecture materials, and remote and present-in-person seminar delivery. The module is taught in English and assessed in English. Occasionally, materials in Portuguese will also be available.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 words in English. To be submitted at end of Semester 2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MCommentary (800) words in English. End of semester 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed in English. The written exercise in semester 1 will require students to engage with key concepts covered in the module and will test students’ understanding of modern and contemporary cultural developments in the Portuguese-speaking world. The essay in semester 2 will give students the opportunity to explore critically a topic studied in the module and to develop their research skills. It will also help students to develop analytical, critical, and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.

Reading Lists

Timetable