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Unit information: Culture and Politics in Luso-Africa and Brazil 18th-19th Centuries in 2021/22

Unit name Culture and Politics in Luso-Africa and Brazil 18th-19th Centuries
Unit code HISP30058
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lingna Nafafe
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This Unit aims to explore the literary and cultural texts and politics of Lusophone Africa and Brazil with emphasise on the cultural exchanges between the two continents which contributed to their historical development. The Lusophone African legacy has had a major influence on Brazilian cultures and identity. The Unit will cover topics such as: history and language; creolization; colonial heritage; memory; health; cultures of gastronomy; religion; identity; resistance and music; and films. The Unit encourages students to find ways to engage with Lusophone African and Brazilian voices in a rapidly changing political, cultural, social, and ideological context by examining a variety of sources produced in the fields of literature, history, and cinema.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to

  1. identify key areas in the study and analysis of politics of Lusophone Africa and Brazil

  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural exchanges between Lusophone Africa and Brazil, and their historical development

  3. demonstrate skills in textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation, using evidence from primary texts and secondary sources

  4. present their research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and to level H

  5. identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically and form an individual viewpoint

  6. demonstrate good presentation skills, appropriate to level H

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Details

1 x group presentation (summative, 25%), testing ILOs 1-6.

1 x 4000 word essay (summative, 75%), testing ILOs 1-5.


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