BRAZIL: HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT, CULTURE AND THE AMAZON

LAS2BRZ

2016

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.

SchoolSchool 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.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAS3BRZ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assimilate historians' lines of arguments in relation to visual materials, placing the arguments and the sources in their contexts.

Activities:
Primary and Secondary document reviews and possibly the Major research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Discuss disciplinary skills as articulated in readings and as modelled in lectures.

Activities:
All
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)

03. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on a history topic.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Investigate aspects of the historiography on a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Present a properly referenced essay plan using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of a past .

Activities:
Plan on proposed major essay and its thesis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Write properly-referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of a past, including an annotated bibliography .

Activities:
Major research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2016, Week 03-09, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 03 - 09
Five 6.0 hours lecture/workshop other recurrence on saturday during the day from week 03 to week 09 and delivered via face-to-face.
"City Campus - Franklin Street: 16/01/16, 23/01/16, 30/01/16, 06/02/16, 13/02/16."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
500 word primary document review15 01, 02, 03
750-word secondary document review25 01, 02, 04
One 2,500-word research essay50 01, 02, 04, 06
Plan of major essay(500 words)10 05