CCNY Summer Programs- Brazil

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Brazil in a Global Context

This is an academic faculty-led course taught by Dr. Jean Krasno.

Brazil has emerged over the last decade as a major player in Latin America and the world. Named one of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), Brazil is seen as a driving force in economic development.  It is the largest country in Latin America with a population of some 200 million and borders 10 other nations in the region. In terms of geography, it is the fifth largest country in the world. Brazil is also respected for its leadership on the peaceful resolution of disputes and its ability to resolve issues among the other Latin countries.  

This course will examine Brazil's role as a pivotal state in the region in terms of trade, development, democratization, environmental concerns, and human and cultural rights. Taking advantage of being in the country with access to experts, the readings and discussions during the course will focus specifically on Brazil's foreign policy, the relationship between the United States and Brazil, environmental concerns in Brazil, and human and cultural rights. The latter subject area will enable students to learn about such issues and street children, the legacy of slavery in Brazil, and the complex role of African religions as they are interwoven into the culture.

Readings will include:

  • "Brazil" as a pivotal state by Jean Krasno;
  • History of Brazil, 1500-2000: Politics, economy, society, diplomacy, by Joseph Smith;
  • The New Brazil by Riordan Roett;
  • Brazil: Politics in a Patrimonial Society (fourth ediction) by Riordan Roett
  • Slaves, Peasants, and Rebels: Reconsidering Brazilian Slavery, by Stuart Schwartz, University of Illinois Press, 1992.
  • O Papel da Organização das Nação Unidas na Manutenção da Paz (the Role of the United Nations in Peacekeeping) 1999, by Jean Krasno;this book will be used to study Brazil's relationship to the UN and to learn Portuguese vocabulary
  • Course Pack: Other readings will include the environment and biodiversity in Brazil, readings on human rights issues in Brazil, Mercosur, and a study of African religions like Condomblé and Macumba.In the Course Pack: The Economies of Argentina and Brazil: A Comparative Perspective, Werner Baer and David Fleischer (eds), 2011.


Classes will meet 3 days a week for 4 hours per day. The other 2 days will be used for research, meetings with NGOs and experts on the student's area of research. Students will be required to do all the assigned readings and be prepared to discuss them in class. Each student will make an oral presentation to the class on one of the readings. Every student will be required to keep a daily journal that will be given to the academic leader at the end of each week and will write a 10-12 page research paper to be turned in by the end of the summer term. The topic of the research paper must be discussed with and approved by the academic leader.


Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Interview with Study Abroad: Thursday, April 30th 11am-4pm
- Pre-Departure Orientation: Monday, May 11 at 4:00pm
- Deadline for payment of Program costs and CUNY - Tuition: TBA
- Deadline for all Application Materials: May 15th, 2015 (Extended deadline)



Application Fee: $300

CUNY Tuition: 3 Credits
*Program Cost: $2,000.00
Airfare: $1,200.00 (Estimated)


*Program cost includes homestays/ housing, breakfast, one excursion, and airport pickup. Airfare is not included.