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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Brazil is one of the great emerging powers of the 21st century. This subject explores Brazil's modern history from a variety of social, political and cultural angles, providing students with insight into the social and cultural drivers of innovation in one of the world's largest economies. Case studies demonstrate how different formal and informal forces in Brazilian society have resolved development problems, created social change, and generated new ideas that have influenced Brazil, the region, and the world. The subject discusses episodes of political, social and economic instability and risk, and reveals how different political forces have managed, confronted or overcome risk and fostered positive social change. Case studies provide students with insight into the nature of innovation and entrepreneurship, which they can apply to their understanding of Latin American Studies and more broadly. The subject emphasises that change is possible and that the Amazon does not need to be destroyed in the name of economic development - indeed creative and entrepreneurial thinking can result in the use of the Amazon's resources while saving the planet.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesIn-class discussions, Document Reviews (Primary and Secondary Sources) and Research Essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp of first year level subjects


Incompatible subjectsLAS3BRZ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse written and visual sources from various historical perspectives to construct meanings of the past that also facilitate a better understanding of the present.
02. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument, and evidence on topics related to Brazil and the Amazon.
03. Use historiography to interrogate the connection between the destruction of the Amazon and economic development.
04. Apply knowledge of Brazil's history to better understand Development, Culture and the Amazon.

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