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J-Term Diaries: Brazil
J-term In Brazil
INST 335.01 - Science/Conflict in Colonial Brazil
This course will critically study the transatlantic exchanges of knowledge and ideas that evolved concomitantly with the Portuguese and Spanish imperial economies. Specifically, it will address how the ostensibly empirical reports on local geography, culture, and agriculture produced by early explorers in fact served as tools of imperial expansion, colonization, and economic exploitation of indigenous and African peoples, as well as the natural resources of the Amazon. This course will also demonstrate how early European explorers laid the textural groundwork for the colonial domination of the people and environment of coastal Brazil and the Amazon. Special attention will be given to the diametrically opposed images of coastal Brazil and the Amazon that coexist in these early accounts. Do these regions represent earthly paradise, or hell on earth?
SOCI 450.01 - Field Study Sociology
This course provides an opportunity for interested students to gain practical experience with the application of sociological theories, methodologies, principles and techniques to actual research situations in the field. Prerequisites: SOCI 200 and SOCI 300 or permission of instructor.