This course is intended to offer an exploration of issues related to poverty, race and violence through cultural phenomena manifested in fiction, music, film and media, in today’s Brazilian society. These topics will serve as the organizing principle to review advanced points of Portuguese grammar and structure through written and oral practice, along with an introduction to the basic principles of academic composition in Portuguese, particularly those attaining narration and exposition.
- Aluísio Azevedo: O cortiço
- Patrícia Melo: inferno
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Course requirements. The daily class assignments are listed on the web course syllabus (go to http://www.columbia.edu / Students / Courseworks@Columbia / log in / Syllabus). You are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the material for each day BEFORE going to class, to keep up with the reading assignments and to go to class having read (and thought about) the material.
Class attendance and participation. Departmental Policy on Absences You are expected to attend all classes throughout the semester. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has an across-the-board policy on class absences. Students enrolled in courses that meet three times a week who have four (4) unexcused absences or more will see their final grade reduced by one full letter grade. Students enrolled in courses that meet two times a week who have three (3) unexcused absences or more will see their final grade reduced by one letter grade. In courses that meet only once a week two (2) unexcused absences will lead to a grade reduction of one letter grade. An excused absence is an absence due to a religious holiday or one for which you can provide some form of written justification from a physician or dean. You should not interpret this policy as entitling you to a given number of free absences from class. You should see it as a hedge against illness and other unforeseen circumstances that may make it impossible for you to attend class. Academic Integrity The Department of Spanish and Portuguese fully supports and adheres to all Columbia University policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty (plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, etc.). The work you submit in this class is expected to be your own. If you submit work that has been copied from any published or unpublished source (including the Internet) without attribution, that has been prepared by someone other than you, or that in any way misrepresents somebody else’s work as your own you will face disciplining by the university. It is expected that all students abide by the university’s Code of Academic Integrity: http://www.college.columbia.edu/facultyadmin/academicintegrity and that they refrain from any activity constitutive of academic dishonesty as defined therein. For additional information, visit the section on Academic Integrity in the College and University Policies: http://www.college.columbia.edu/bulletin/universitypolicies.php or consult your instructor in the event of any uncertainty on your part about what may constitute academic dishonesty.
Wiki page This class has a Wiki page with 3 sections: students, homework and comments. The first one will be reserved as a biographical space for each student in which they will write a paragraph every weekend to talk about their own lives, Portuguese learning process, trips, etc. Following the instructions in Courseworks the page for homework will be used to make comments, summaries, descriptions, opinions, questions, answers, etc. Finally, the last page will be reserved to make comments on the biographical space of one classmate.
METHOD OF EVALUATION
Compositions. 3 Compositions of 3-4 full pages minimum, double spaced and typed, are to be handed in their first version on specific days recorded in the calendar. The original and the second version are to be handed the class after you receive the first version with symbols for corrections.
Final Paper. 4 pages minimum, double spaced and typed is to be handed the last day of class.
Participation.You are also required to participate in class: opening discussion on one of the texts with prepared questions, discussing the text in question, and in one oral presentation.
- Participation and attendance 30%
- 3 Compositions 30%
- 1 Oral presentation 10%
- Final paper 20%
- Wiki page 10%
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