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Module

POR4003 : Identidades & Mobilidade no Cinema e na Literatura Luso-Afro-Brasileira Contemporanea

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • 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 degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the cultural production, societies, histories, and politics of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, through the study of films and literary texts that interrogate the making, contestation, and crossing of national, social, racial, sexual, political, and environmental borders and boundaries. The module is taught in Portuguese, also offering students the opportunity to build on their language skills after their experience abroad whilst consolidating their ability to analyse a variety of cultural forms, particularly film and literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module students will examine a variety of modern and contemporary films and literary texts from the Portuguese-speaking world, exploring interdisciplinary connections between film, literature, colonial and postcolonial history, social movements, politics and ecology. The introduction to the module will provide important contextual information and will familiarize the students with key concepts and debates within Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies. It will be followed by interrelated sections, each one focusing on the making, contestation, and crossing of particular borders, boundaries, and/or liminal spaces. Topics to be covered may include: national, transnational and postnational identities; race, class, gender, and mobility; colonial legacies, postcolonial diasporas and urban identities; environment, ecology and resistance. The materials have been chosen to encourage students to reflect critically on the intersections of culture, history, and politics that shape the Portuguese-speaking world, developing the students' understanding of its complex fabric and contemporary cultural production.

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 summative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online: Introduction to the module / welcome session.
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR4103Identidades & Mobilidade no Cinema e na Literatura Luso-Afro-Brasileira Contemporanea - Parte 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (recordings, readings, commentary, quizzes, 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 Portuguese with primary materials in Portuguese and English, and assessed in English.

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 end of Semester 2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MCommentary (1250 words in Portuguese). End of Semester 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment will be in Portuguese and the summative assessment will be in English. The formative written exercise in semester 1 (in Portuguese) will require students to engage with key concepts and relevant ongoing debates in Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies. The essay in semester 2 will give students the opportunity to explore critically a chosen topic studied in the module in a combination of films and/or literary texts. Students are expected to apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to produce a nuanced comparative analysis of the films and/or literary texts. The essay will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.

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Timetable