Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Brazil now ranks with China and India as one of the great emerging powerhouses of the 21st century. In this subject students will examine Brazil's history, development and vibrant culture from prior to the conquest in 1500 to the present day. In addition, as the Amazon Basin is a vital factor in the fight against climate change, the subject will analyse the exploration, exploitation and the environment of Amazonia in terms of the ways in which the Amazon River shaped the development and history of South America, beginning with the search for El Dorado (the Land of Gold); the first attempts at settlement; the rubber boom and its consequences; and ultimately the Amazon's role as a environmental icon.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp of first year level subjects.


Incompatible subjects LAS3BRZ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Week 25-30, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information Restrictions with classroom size First in basis

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 25 - 30
One 6.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on saturday during the day from week 25 to week 30 and delivered via blended.
"5 x 6 hour workshops held on Saturdays at the Franklin St City Campus 215 Franklin St Melbourne [opposite Queen Victoria market]. Block teaching beginning week 26, Saturday June 28- Saturday July 26. Hours 10am -5pm [1pm-2pm lunch], Students then have 4 weeks to hand in the major essay."


Assessment elementComments%
500 word primary document review15
750-word secondary document review25
One 2,500-word research essay50
Plan of major essay(500 words)10