Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Intensive Language Courses
Students are given a placement test upon arrival to place them in the appropriate intensive language course.
PORT 1001 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Beginning I
PORT 1002 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Beginning II
PORT 2001 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Intermediate I
PORT 2002 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Intermediate II
PORT 3001 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Advanced I
PORT 3002 LILC
Intensive Portuguese Language, Advanced II
These courses provide students with skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. They include grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension.
Required CIEE Semester Language Courses
PORT 1003 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Beginning I
PORT 1004 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Beginning II
PORT 2003 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Intermediate I
PORT 2004 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Intermediate II
PORT 3003 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Advanced I
PORT 3004 LILC
Semester Portuguese Language, Advanced II
After being placed in the appropriate class, students continue their language study during the semester in one of these classes.
AHIS 3003 LILC
Lisbon: City and Architecture
How did Lisbon achieve its present form? This course, taught in English, covers the history of Lisbon from Roman times to the present by analyzing selected aspects of urbanism, architecture, sculpture, and painting and their relationship with their particular historic context. In this course, students have direct contact with documents by reading primary sources and analyzing the works of art in loco. This course enhances students’ understanding of Portuguese art history and it gives them tools to read any work of art, especially a city. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ANTH 3001 LILC
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
This course aims to provide a critical introduction to theory and debate in the fields of colonialism and post-colonialism, highlighting lines of connection and disconnection between the two. Over the past three decades, the field of post-colonialism has brought issues of race, nation, empire, migration, and ethnicity to the forefront of academic knowledge, examining their interconnection with cultural, political, and economic forces. The present course reflects this interdisciplinary approach, examining the effects of colonization and of the cultural, political, and linguistic power of the West over non-Western cultures and societies, through literary, historical, anthropological, and sociological readings. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
COMM 3301 LILC
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Lisbon as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
COMM 3001 LILC
The Portuguese Media Ecology
The media landscape in Portugal has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. The end of the state monopoly in open access television, arrival of cable TV, dissemination of Internet use, and, recently, distribution of free newspapers have brought changes not only in the relationship between the public and the media, but also between the “traditional” media and the new ones. This course explores these phenomena employing the theoretical apparatus of the discipline of media ecology: “the study of media environments guided by the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information, and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs” ( www.media-ecology.org). We consider such topics as the changes in form as well as content in television, newspapers, radio, and other “traditional” media; impact of the new media in the existing information environment and new “languages” they are developing; experiences with new business models; and corresponding trends in the uses of media by the public. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3001 LILC
The Portuguese Colonial Experience in the Early-Modern Period
Lectures cover the history of the Portuguese colonial experience from the 15th to early 19th century. The course provides students with specific, ample, detailed, and up-to-date knowledge of the several periods of Portuguese expansion in the early-modern period, as well as the ability to compare it with other colonial ventures. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3001 LILC
Portuguese and Brazilian Literature
This course is an introductory approach to Portuguese and Brazilian literature focusing on their singular modernities and the connections between them. Students read some of the most important literary works by Portuguese and Brazilian modernists such as Eça de Queiroz, Machado de Assis, Fernando Pessoa, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and Clarice Lispector. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
MUSI 3002 LILC
Music in Portugal Today
The course offers an introduction to the rich variety of music cultures found in Portugal, from Fado to rock, classical to jazz, Cape Verdian and Angolan migrants to hiphop and kuduro genres. This class takes an ethnomusicological perspective, which means learning about the social and historical contexts from which different genres emerged, and paying attention to the ways in which performance practices reflect and produce those contexts. There is an introduction to the social sciences approach to the study of musical practices and cultures. Part of the class time is devoted to listening to music and observing excerpts from films and other media, and part to discussing the reading assignments. There are also short, in-class, and take-home writing assignments, as well as a mid-term and final exam. Field trips to the Fado Museum and selected venues for live music are included in the class. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
AHIS 3001 LILC
The Arts and the Portuguese Empire
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the art and architecture produced in the territories that composed the Portuguese empire in the early modern age (15th to 18th centuries). Selected topics are discussed in chronological and geographic order. Thematic sessions provide a different approach to the materials and establish connections between the different parts of the empire. In-class teaching is supplemented with museum tours. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CINE 3002 LILC
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the history of film, understood not only as an art form, but also as an industrial commodity and a public show. This perspective allows for an assessment of the specific contributions of film to the shaping of cultural representations and national identities which took place as a result of responses to the fear of the “americanization” not only of European cinema, but also of European culture and society as a whole. Special attention is paid to a comparative analysis of Portuguese cinema in its relation to relevant international movements, directors, and films, and also to the reception of foreign cinema in Portugal. In-class teaching relies on frequent screenings and discussion of selected film clips that are supplemented with tours to the National Film Archive’s Conservation Centre, permanent pre-cinema exhibition of Lisbon’s Film Museum, and some of the capital’s most iconic movie theaters. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CLST 3001 LILC
Seminar on Living and Learning in Lisbon
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Lisbon is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Portuguese are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Portugal. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester hours/3 quarter hours.
HIST 3004 LILC
Contemporary Portugal: Politics and Culture
This course aims to discuss the history of contemporary Portugal, from the end of the 19th century to the 1974 Revolution and the subsequent consolidation of a democratic regime. The major political, social, and cultural changes that took place between 1900 and 2000 are explored. A mandatory reading package is prepared for the students. Fieldtrips supplement in-class teaching. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3001 LILC
Portuguese and Brazilian Literature
This course is an introductory approach to Portuguese and Brazilian literature focusing on their singular modernities and focusing on the connections between them. Students read some of the most important literary works by Portuguese and Brazilian modernists such as Eça de Queiroz, Machado de Assis, Fernando Pessoa, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and Clarice Lispector. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
POLI 3001 LILC
The European Union: Portugal
The course provides an ample, detailed introduction to the historical and political issues of European integration. Special attention is given to the historical processes and narratives that have informed the construction of the European Union, and political theories and practices that are at the base of its governance, as well as its institutions, political system, and public policies, specifically looking at the case of Portugal. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SOCI 3003 LILC
Migration and Globalization
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of transnational migration. It discusses contemporary immigration in southern Europe, with special reference to the Portuguese case. Ethnographic realities from Africa, Asia, and South Asia are also discussed, thematically and empirically. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
PORT 3005 LILC
Tópicos sobre Cultura Portuguesa Contemporânea / Topics on Contemporary Portuguese Culture
This course, taught in Portuguese, is designed for students who are not Portuguese native speakers but who have advanced Portuguese language skills. It confronts students with complex language structures and elaborations through the close reading and analysis of a selection of texts (literary and journalistic excerpts), organized around three main areas: recent and current political and social issues, literary representations, and national/nationalistic ideas of Portugal. The goal is to enhance advanced language skills while learning about Portugal at the same time. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Courses
The Universidade Nova de Lisboa offers a wide range of courses in many fields, all taught in Portuguese. CIEE students may take courses at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) and up to two courses at the School of Economics.
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
The following courses are generally offered every year, but not every semester. On FCSH’s website www.fcsh.unl.pt, click on “departamentos” for courses in each field. Look for “horários” within each department to know what is offered each specific semester.
Anthropology and Colonialism
Anthropology of the Family and Relatives
Anthropology and Human Rights
Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology of Space
Contemporary Portuguese Anthropology
Ethnicity and Nationalism
History of Anthropology
Medieval Muslim Archaeology
Roman Imperial Archaeology
Culture and Contemporary Art
History of Colonial Art
History of Gothic Art
History of Non-Western Art
Introduction to Museology
Communications and Social Science
History of Media
Sociology of Communications
Theory of News
Geography of Rural Space
Physical Geography of Portugal
History of Contemporary Portugal
History of Medieval Portugal
History of Modern Portugal
History of Portuguese Expansion
International Relations/Political Science
Contemporary International Politics
History of the Idea of Europe
History of Political Ideas
History of Portuguese International Relations
History and Theory of State in Portugal
Portuguese Political Thought
Security Studies, International Institutions
Language, Literature, and Culture
Portuguese Language and Culture
History of Music in Portugal
Music and Information
Musical Cultures of the World
Philosophy and Music
Philosophy and Culture in Portugal
Class and Social Structure
Contemporary Social Themes
History of Translation
Introduction to Terminology in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Linguistic Diversity in the Iberian Peninsula
School of Economics and Management
Go to www.fe.unl.pt for course listings.
Economics of Development