Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMI130 (AF:388461 AR:203626)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
Go to Moodle page
This course is meant for students who have chosen the track of study “Iberistica” in the Master Degree Program in "European, American and Postcolonial Languages and Literatures and “Americas” in the Master Degree Program in Comparative International Relations. It tries to analyze Brazil and Portugal from a social and cultural perspective, collaborating in the construction of specific historical skills for the students. Specifically, it intend to offer a glance on the cultural process that participated in the construction, rebuilding and invention of the two States, and on the different facets of their identities. In this way, the course seeks to broaden the student skills in the analysis of the transformations in the intellectual debate in the lusophone world in the last two centuries, with regard to the narratives/interpretations of a sense of belonging and collectivity.
- general knowledge about the Intellectual debate on Brazilian national identity;
- knowledge of the change process intervened in Brazilian historiography, since the XIXth Century, regarding the historical process and the conceptual transformations about the Brazil's representations;
- knowledge of the main interpreters of the Brazilian identity and the historical context in wich their readings were elaborated;
- awareness about the relationship among present, past and future in the construction of historical narratives, considering that different interpretations represent a specific moment of their writing;
- capacity to analyze critically the Contemporary Brazilian identity building, considering his historical process;
- ability to identify the dynamics that had involved debate about the different perceptions of Brazil;
- capacity to adopt the conceptual instruments studied in class in the reading of the interpreters and their historical interpretations about Brazil, but also in the comprehension of his contemporary socio-cultural reality;
- know to propose and argue autonomously - in a synchronic and diachronic way - the main historically constructed representations about Brazil
Oral and written comprehension of Portuguese
1. Historiography and conceptual elements: the relation between past and present, identity and representations
2. The Brazil as continuity of the Portuguese colonization
3. The birth of Brazil and the rupture with the colonial past
4. Narrations about emancipation and autonomy
5. The emancipatory limits in the context of international capitalism
To the attendants:
(basic knowledge in Brazilian History or read a textbook)

Suggested bibliography will be provided in the first class.

To the NON attendants:
(basic knowledge in Brazilian History or read a textbook)

REIS, José Carlos. As identidades do Brasil 1: de Varnhagen a FHC. Rio de Janeiro: Editora da FGV, 2007. (9 edizione ampliata)
REIS, José Carlos. As identidades do Brasil 2: de Calmon a Bonfim – a favor do Brasil: direita ou esquerda?. Rio de Janeiro: Editora da FGV, 2006.
To ALL students:
The evaluation will consist in a written (50%) and an oral (50%)exams, always with the target to show his or her capacity to analyze the different interpreters of the Brazilian identity, their theories and historical context.

To the attendants (student choice):
1. participation in the seminaries that take part of the course formation, as others formative activities (30%).
2. one research paper (4000 words), topics should be defined in consultation with the Professor (50%), to analyse a topic of the class discussions;
3. oral Exam, in which the student will have to show his or her capacity to analyze the different the different interpreters of the Brazilian identity, their theories and historical context (20%);
The classes will be carried out with frontal lectures, seminars with oral presentation, texts and documents lecture laboratory, a commented screening of a movie related with the themes discussed in the course.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 29/06/2022