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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the History of Modern Brazil (HIST10346)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the major themes, events and forces in post-colonial Brazilian history and in how they have shaped Brazilian society. The course commences with an overview of the late colonial period from 1750 and the advent of independence by 1822. Moving through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it then considers such themes as regionalism and centralism; the role of the monarchy; slavery and its eventual abolition; key sets of ideas such as liberalism and positivism; the advent of a Republic by the end of the nineteenth century; the rise to power and impact of Getúlio Vargas; industrialisation and urbanisation; the military rule of the 1960s and 70s; and transition to democracy in the 1980s. The course finishes by assessing Brazil's new role and significance on the world stage, as well as the continuing challenges of issues such as development, race, and social equality at home. Students will be encouraged to consider the interaction between mainstream political history and social history - that is, between major events and their generally elite protagonists in official positions of power, and the broader social groups that both contributed to and were affected by political change. While the course will take a primarily national focus, attention will be drawn throughout to the potential and importance of thinking about Brazil's broader Latin American setting. A research-based approach to teaching and learning will be emphasised throughout, both by drawing, where appropriate, on the lecturer's own nineteenth-century research, and by requiring students to take a critical approach to the identification and analysis of a diverse range of primary and secondary materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- knowledge and understanding of the key patterns, events, concepts and themes that have shaped modern Brazilian history
- understanding of Brazil's place in the context of broader Latin American history
- an ability to distinguish critically between the particular and the general
- an ability to develop the tools for broader comparative analysis
- an ability to research for appropriate materials and weigh up the merits of pieces of historical evidence
- an ability to develop and sustain coherent intellectual argument
Assessment Information
Coursework 30%: Up to 3000 word essay
Exam 70%: 2-hour paper, comprising one essay and one set of short pieces designed to test the student's understanding of the contribution of particular concepts, events, places, individuals or movements to the development of Brazilian history
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills - enhanced abilities in research, critical thinking, weighing up of arguments and evidence
- production of innovative research pieces that adhere to bibliographical convention
- skills in presenting information and arguments to fellow students / lecturer in class
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern All classes will have assigned reading material which should be prepared in advance. All students should come to class prepared and willing to participate in general discussion. Students will be encouraged to prepare short presentations based on their research (these will be optional and not assessed).
Course organiserDr Camillia Cowling
Tel: (0131 6)50 3472
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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