The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Portuguese (PORT)

To view the complete schedule of courses for
each semester, go to Cardinal Station.

PORT 201: Portuguese Language and Culture I

3.00 Credits

This course is designed for people who possess very little or no knowledge of Portuguese or Brazilian culture. It is an introduction to the Brazilian Portuguese language and culture for those students who are willing to learn how to speak, read, and write Brazilian Portuguese on a beginner level.

PORT 300: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

3.00 Credits

This course integrates language and culture and is designed to provide beginners with basic functional language skills and an appreciation of Brazilian and Portuguese cultures. Students are expected to acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and begin to deal with idiomatic language and simple syntax. Students will be introduced to the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world through readings and authentic materials, including films, music, and language CD's.

PORT 330: Carnival and Samba in Brazilian Literature and Film

3.00 Credits

In Brazilian society, Carnival and Samba are unique cultural phenomena and have become symbols of national identity. They have not, however, been without controversy. Samba, once an outlawed musical form, rose meteorically to national prominence in the 1930s through unprecedented circumstances and the union of uncommon bedfellows. This musical form provides the background for the yearly Carnival celebration. Many scholars, however, have criticized Carnival as a mechanism of social control: one week of jubilation and a temporary inversion of the traditional social order justify a year's worth of poverty and misery. Likewise the treatment of Carnival as a metaphor in literature throughout the 20th century has gone from subtle to overt criticism as Brazil experienced two dictatorships and increased disillusionment over the direction of the nation. This course will be taught in English.

PORT 501: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

3.00 Credits

This course integrates language and culture and is designed to provide beginners with basic functional language skills and an appreciation of Brazilian and Portuguese cultures. Students are expected to acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and begin to deal with idiomatic language and simple syntax. Students will be introduced to the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world through readings and authentic materials, including films, music, and language CD's.