ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GLOBALIZATION & SOCIAL CHANGE
Location: Rio De Janeiro
Institution: Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Term: Fall Term (14 weeks)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2012
Language Requirement: None - all classes are taught in English
Political Science, Economics, Social Policy, Development Studies, Latin American History, Portuguese language
The Contemporary Brazil program examines the current contours of Brazilian society and its increasing importance in the modern world from social, cultural, historic, and economic perspectives. Students will learn about the complex transformations that have characterized Brazilian development and reinforced its position as an emerging economy with increasing global influence. Courses are taught by faculty at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), a leading social science research institution and think-tank, and combine study, research, and various excursions, including an extended visit to Sao Paulo. Program courses are taught in English, but students will take intensive Portuguese language classes.
- A Political and Social History of Brazil (1 credit)
This course examines the social and political system in Brazil from an historical perspective. Students investigate the basis of Brazilian social and economic inequities, political participation, and power in order to understand contemporary political issues in Brazil.
- The Political Economy of Brazilian Development (1 credit)
Students will examine major macroeconomic issues in the Brazilian economy and discuss them within the context of established economic models. Students will also learn how basic concepts of economic analysis can be used in understanding the social and environmental impacts of economic policies.
- Paths for Development: Public Policies in Contemporary Brazil (1 credit)
This course will examine how economic and social policies relate to poverty alleviation and socioeconomic development. Lectures will concentrate on major policy issues in Brazil, including the role of the state, NGOs, and development banks, microcredit, cash transfer programs, housing policy and urban crime, and the green revolution.
- Research Seminar: Social and Economic Development in Brazil (1 credit)
In this seminar, students will develop and elaborate team research projects and term papers that analyze the impact of socio-economic development policy on a particular aspect of Brazilian society. Past topics include: strategies for financing development and cash transfer programs.
- Portuguese Language (2 credits)
While there is no language prerequisite to participate in this program, students are required to take intensive language training in Portuguese while in Brazil. The courses will enable students to use Portuguese in basic, everyday situations and will expose students to Brazilian behavior and culture. Three levels will be offered, depending on student demand.
2012 Estimated Program Fee: $14,000, includes tuition, program-related excursions, housing, and some meals. Students should also budget approximately $2,800 in fees (Study Abroad Administrative Fee, HTH insurance, and visa fees), about $1,500 for international airfare, and approximately $2,800 for academic and personal expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, personal travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
Students applying to this program are eligible to apply for select IPD Study Abroad Fellowships.
Additional Links and Resources:
IPD Study Abroad Coordinator