Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Literature and Humanities » GELH1004 / GELH010 – Portuguese-Speaking Countries in Contemporary World
Suggested Year of Study:Year 1-4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of Portuguese

Medium of Instruction:English and Portuguese



Course Description

This course will explore the complex and diverse realities of the Portuguese-speaking world. Starting from an approach to the historical background of these countries and to the insertion of these communities in their specific regional contexts, students will be introduced to the multilayered relations between them, covering a range of dimensions such as the political, economic and cultural.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Students will learn about the cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking countries around the world so as to understand the fundamental role of Portuguese as an international language along with its ability to connect different local realities in a global perspective. Attention will also be given to the political, economic and cultural potential of the Portuguese language in an unprecedentedly globalized world. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the background, structure and mission of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP);
  2. Critically evaluate the concept of “Lusophone world”;
  3. Identify different kinds of political and cultural connections within the Portuguese-speaking world;
  4. Evaluate how knowledge about the history of relations between the Portuguese-speaking countries and China may be applied in order to foster further international concertation;
  5. Identify and critically read and evaluate topics of cultural and political relevance in Portuguese, by showing an awareness of the use of specific terminology and linguistic structures in a suitable way.