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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

History, Politics, & Music of Brazil

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Winter 2016-2017

I) Summary

Location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Dates: January 4 - January 25, 2017 PROGRAM CANCELLED

Credits Offered: POLSC 272.19/LACS 330.51 & LACS 330.61- 6 CREDITS

(CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

IMPORTANT: American citizens and citizens of many other countries will need a Brazilian visa. (Not included in the program fee)

Application Deadline: OCTOBER 17, 2016!  Deadline Extended! Apply by Nov 1, 2016

Financial Aid: PELL, student loans

Program Fee: $ 1, 185 (estimate) includes housing with breakfast, excursions, international health insurance. Airfare not included.

Payment Schedule: $ 350 due with application. $ 835 due November 28. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no cash, personal checks or credit cards).

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (See Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description

HUNTER-BAHIA consists of two courses: POLSC 272.19/LACS 330.51, Brazilian History and Politics, an interdisciplinary field course, and LACS 330.61, Brazilian Music: Understanding the Historical Richness of Brazil. These courses provide analytic, interpretive materials on Brazilian history, culture, and politics, with a particular focus on Salvador, Bahia, the site of the course. Readings and discussion in the history and politics course will treat authoritarianism, the transition to democracy, current successes and failures of Brazilian democracy, economic policy, and the role of social movements and popular culture. Especially in the Bahian context, it will examine globalization, socioeconomic inequality, the history and legacies of slavery and racism. The music course will provide insight into and appreciation of the richness of Brazilian music, from the 1500s to the present. It will enrich analysis of the Brazilian cultural context as well as the historical backgro

Why Brazil?

Brazil is the world's fifth largest country and the fifth most populous.  It has the world's seventh largest economy and has received much media attention as one of the rising new economic powers, the "BRICS."  It is a fascinating nation of contrasts and contradictions-of poverty and wealth, of the privileges and the deprivations of race and class, and of economic leaders employing cutting-edge technology while many labor under primitive conditions.  After 20 years of authoritarian rule following the military coup of 1964, social movement activists, opposition politicians, and some social and political elites forced a negotiated end to the dictatorship and wrote the democratic constitution of 1988. In this new Brazil, the once-imprisoned labor leader, Lula, was elected to two successful terms as President of the Republic, and his Workers Party successor, Dilma Roussef, Brazil's first woman president, governed at first with broad and deep popular support.  Despite major political kickback scandals at Petrobrás and on World Cup construction contracts, and Brazil's loss in the games, she was still re-elected in 2014, although by a narrow margin. Her approval rates, and the public approval of the government, have been declining steadily in 2015 as the economy has slipped into recession.  We will see that the realities of economy, society, and politics in Brazil are complex, and both encouraging and sobering. 

Why Salvador? 

Capital of colonial Brazil and a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Salvador, with 3 million inhabitants, is now Brazil's third most populous city, 1000 miles up the coast from Rio de Janeiro.  It was the center of the colonial sugar industry and one of the principal ports of entry for African slaves brought to work in that industry.  Peopled at independence by Portuguese, enslaved Africans, and Amerindians, Salvador today presents itself as the most African of Brazilian cities, where culture, religion, foods, and, especially, music and the plastic arts all revel in their pluralistic ethnic roots.  The contradictions of race and class are clearly evident.  For graphic and audio illustrations of Salvador and its creative spirit, visit the rich website created by "Pardal," a transplanted New Yorker, and the links it gives.

Complementing the in-class seminars, HUNTER-BAHIA will visit museums, churches, monuments, markets, and performance spaces-sites that reflect the history of colonial Portuguese rule, the oppressions of slavery, the expressions of resistance in the popular culture, and the multiculturalism of today's Bahia.  Music is ever present in the daily life of Salvador, and the local arrangements team will organize visits to a candomblé ceremony and to a capoeira school, illustrating different styles of ritual music.  There will also be a one-day trip to Cachoeira and São Felix, historically important inland port towns of the sugar era on the Paraguaçu River. 

Students will live in the Hotel Villa Romana, located in Barra, close to two popular beaches and a shopping center. Barra is the neighborhood of Salvador immortalized in songs by Caetano Veloso and Dorival Caymmi.

Previous Session Syllabus:

  • Winter 2017 LACS 330.51/POLSC 272.19 Syllabus - Brazilian History & Politics
  • Winter 2017 LACS 330.61 Syllabus - Brazilian Music
  • Feel free to contact Prof. Erickson with questions regarding the current syllabi for his courses. His contact information can be found below.

    III) Prerequisites & Credits

    Pre-requisites: One 100-level social science course (GEOG, ANTHC, SOC, PSYCH, POLSC, HIST)

    Credits & Grades: Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count towards their Hunter GPA.

    IV) Estimated Costs of Attendance

    Tuition $ 1,650
    Program Fee $ 1,185
    Not Included in Program Fee
    Airfare $1,300
    Meals $ 790
    Books $ 80
    Local Transportation $ 250
    Visa $ 160
    TOTAL US $ 5,415

    V) Further Inquiries

    Academic Inquiries
    Faculty: Prof. Kenneth Erickson
    Political Science Department
    Office: HW 1720
    Phone: (212) 772-5498

    Administrative Inquiries
    Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
    Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
    Phone: (212) 772-4983
    Fax: (212) 772-5005

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