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Migration, Diaspora and Identity in Brazil and the Portuguese-Speaking World (LK4B)


Admission requirements

Major Students: pending the OER.
Other students: Students who speak/understand Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor. Every effort is made to accommodate interested students.


The theme of diaspora will be our key focus, together with the cultural connections within the Portuguese-speaking world. We will study the cultural production of the African diasporas in Brazil and Europe, including the Cape-Verdean culture in the Netherlands. The course will discuss key cultural concepts and a variety of texts and genres (written and filmic) as it explores a fascinating history of cultural exchange. Topics covered might include: the Atlantic as a space of memory and resistance, culture as resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts; cultural representations of slavery and its aftermath.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge and Insight:

  • Building on the first-year and second-year courses on Latin American literature and culture, this course aims to provide students with an understanding of some of the fundamental connections between culture and society in modern Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking world, with a special focus on themes of diaspora and migration.

Academic skills and transferable (useful job market skills) that are developed include:

Oral presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated class readings (primary/secondary);
2. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation and
3. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria; using up-to-date presentation techniques; aimed at a specific audience;
4. to actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.

Collaboration skills:
1. to be socio-communicative in collaborative situations;
2. to provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position;
3. adhere to agreed schedules and priorities
4. Project/time management skills.
5. Intercultural skills (communicate in different languages; understand cultural nuances etc.)

Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
1. to collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques;
2. to analyze and assess this literature;
3. to formulate a sound research question (essay title/theme) using the literature provided and possibly additional sources;
4. to design under supervision a research plan/paper of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved;
5. to formulate a substantiated conclusion.

Written presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
a. in the form of a clear and well-structured written presentation (includes use of digital skills);
b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
c. using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques;


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

1 essay composition to be submitted at the end of the course: approx. 3000 words.
-Class presentation or audio-visual clip (approx. 15mins).

Major students: assignments in Portuguese. Other students can do their assignments in English/Spanish.


Presentation/audio-visual clip: 30%
Essay 70%


resubmit revised essay.

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The reading list will be made available to enrolled students via Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats

Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders


Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 70% attendance.