Undergraduate Programs in Portuguese

Portuguese

Portuguese is spoken by more than one hundred and seventy million people on four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Twenty percent of all residents of the Western Hemisphere are Brazilians, who attest to the truth that one out of every five Americans - North, Central, South - speaks Portuguese as his or her native language.

 

Luso-Brazilian Courses 2014/15


2014 Fall


PRT100Y1    Beginners Portuguese (J. Vicente Faustino)
An introduction to the main elements of the language with emphasis on oral and written practice. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT110Y1)

PRT110Y1    Elementary Portuguese (TBA)
An introduction to Portuguese for students who speak or understand Portuguese but have not formally studied it. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT220Y1)
Pre-requisites: A familiarity with Portuguese

PRT220Y1    Intermediate Portuguese (J. Vicente Faustino)
Students enlarge their vocabulary and improve their oral and writing skills through reading, composition and translation. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT320Y1)
Pre-requisites: PRT100Y1/PRT110Y1

PRT250H1    Portuguese Culture & Civilization (M. Marujo)
A survey of historical and cultural trends in Portugal from the Middle Ages to the present. Art and music are studied in addition to historical/cultural movements to gain a perspective of the uniqueness of Portugal both within Iberia and in Europe in general. (Taught in English)

PRT252H1    Portuguese Island Culture (M. Marujo)
Study of Portuguese literature, art, and culture in the context of colonization and immigration, with a specific emphasis on the islands of the Azores. Readings in the cultural heritage of island settlements, and in diasporic movements to other countries. (Taught in English)

PRT258H1    Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Studies
The introductory study of literary texts and consideration of the various ways authors express and situate themselves in culture. Semiotics, gender, the literary canon, advertising, the nature of literary language, and cinema.
Corequisite: PRT220Y1

PRT320Y1    Composition and Oral Practice (M. Marujo)
Intensive practice in written and oral Portuguese for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of contemporary literature. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT420Y1)
Pre-requisites: PRT220Y1 or equivalent

(NEW) PRT340H1    Diaspora and Exile in Literature (H. Moura)
The experience of displacement, accounts of exile and of the diaspora, has given rise to a renewal of narrative. The course examines the parameters of this new narrative with special focus on the Luso-Brazilian literature and the themes of saudade, desterro, and dystopia. (Taught in English)

PRT365H1: The Rise of Modern Identity (R. Sternberg)
Studies Portuguese and Brazilian Romanticism tracing the development of a new sense of personal and national identity in those countries as reflected in novels, poems and essays. While readings are in Portuguese, the class is conducted in English.

PRT420Y1    Advanced Portuguese (J. Vicente Faustino)
A study of the more advanced areas of Portuguese grammar and language use. Discussion of issues relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise in essays and readings of literary texts. The expressive resources of the language. Introduction to the stylistic analysis of literary texts. Intensive written and oral practice.
Pre-requisites: PRT320Y1 or equivalent

2015 Winter

PRT100Y1    Beginners Portuguese (J. Vicente Faustino)
An introduction to the main elements of the language with emphasis on oral and written practice. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT110Y1)

PRT110Y1    Elementary Portuguese (TBA)
An introduction to Portuguese for students who speak or understand Portuguese but have not formally studied it. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT220Y1)
Pre-requisites: A familiarity with Portuguese

PRT220Y1    Intermediate Portuguese (J. Vicente Faustino)
Students enlarge their vocabulary and improve their oral and writing skills through reading, composition and translation. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT320Y1)
Pre-requisites: PRT100Y1/PRT110Y1

PRT255H1    The Brazilian Puzzle: Culture and Identity (H. Moura)
Taught in English, this course examines the historical and cultural contexts of Brazilian identity. The impact of colonial history on issues such as race, religion and regionalism is explored. The course focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries: Positivism, Modernism, the Anthropophagous Movement, music and Cinema Novo are discussed. (Offered in alternate years; taught in English)

PRT320Y1    Composition and Oral Practice (J. P. Abreu Ferreira)
Intensive practice in written and oral Portuguese for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of contemporary literature. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT420Y1)
Pre-requisites: PRT220Y1 or equivalent

(NEW) PRT345H1    New Narratives: from Orality to New Media (H. Moura)
The evolution of narrative practices from orality to text based literature and the advent of the digital revolution as story telling moves from literacy to so-called post-literacy. The course examines, with examples drawn from Luso-Brazilian literature, how storytelling and reading change in non-linear narratives.
Recommended Preparation: Class will be conducted in English. Ability to read Portuguese.

(NEW) PRT358H1    Topics in Portuguese Studies (José Pedro Ferreira)
Canada has been a destination for the Portuguese since the XV century, but immigration to the country only became significant after the 1950s. Over the years, much has been written about the Portuguese immigration experience in Canada, from analytical works to creative fiction. In 2013, Memoria An Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers is published for the first time. This course explores Portuguese diasporic literature in Canada and its forms - poetry, short fiction, novel, biography. Read the full course description here (PDF 145kb)

PRT490H1: Independent Study (Staff)
Individual study with a member of staff on a topic of common interest including readings, discussion and written assignments. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Pre-requisites: PRT320Y1 and written approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator

2015 Summer

(NEW) Luso-Brazilian Culture Through Film (J. Vicente Faustino)
A study of the culture of Portuguese-speaking countries, with special emphasis on Portugal and Brazil, through the analysis of films and documentaries. The focus will be on cultural, historical and sociological topics, but attention shall also be given to the expressive dimensions of the films selected. Films will be shown in the original version, with subtitles in English. The class will be conducted in English.

The literature of Portugal has a tradition that goes back as far as the twelfth century, and the country's discoveries in the Renaissance led it to all corners of the globe. In the last two decades Portugal has given to Canada many thousands of new citizens, and Brazil is attracting the attention of Canadians through its vast potential as a land of culture, of natural resources, and of industry.

In addition to a full range of courses in language, Portuguese studies at the University of Toronto are concerned with the major trends and issues of Luso-Brazilian literature and culture and serve the programs in Ibero-American Studies, European Studies and in African Studies.

The Department encourages students to consider completing part of their course work at a university in Portugal or Brazil.

Enrolment in the Portuguese programs requires the completion of four degree courses; no minimum GPA required.

Portuguese (Arts program)

Consult Professor A.T. Pérez-Leroux, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Specialist program:
(10 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)

First Year:
PRT100Y1/PRT110Y1/PRT220Y1

Second Year:
1. PRT220Y1/PRT320Y1
2. PRT258H1

Third and Fourth Years:
1. PRT320Y1
2. PRT420Y1
3. Plus additional PRT courses to make ten courses. Up to two full-course equivalents may be taken from cognate departmental or college offerings: GGR, HIS, LAS, POL, SPA. A complete list of eligible courses is available from the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Major program:

(7 full courses or their equivalent)

First Year:
PRT100Y1/PRT110Y1/PRT220Y1

Second Year:
1. PRT220Y1/PRT320Y1
2. PRT258H1

Third and Fourth Years:
1. PRT320Y1
2. PRT420Y1 is recommended for students who start in PRT100Y1, and is required for students who start in PRT220Y1 or higher language course.
3. Plus additional PRT courses to make seven courses. Up to one full-course equivalent may be taken from cognate departmental or college offerings: GGR, HIS, LAS, POL, SPA. A complete list of eligible courses is available form the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Minor program:

4 full courses or their equivalent including at least one course at the 300+ level.  Portuguese: see also European Studies; Ibero-American Studies; Modern Languages and Literatures; Linguistics and Languages.

Current as of February 7, 2012

COURSE
TITLE
HIS 291Y1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS 292Y1 Latin America: The National Period
HIS 301H1 Imperial Spain
HIS 336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS 390Y1 Latin America in the Age of Revolution
HIS 441H1 Conversion and Christianities in the Early Modern Spanish World
HIS 456Y1 Black Slavery in Latin America
LAS 200Y1 Latin America: History, Civilization, Culture
JLP 315H1 Language Acquisition
POL 305Y1 Politics and Society in Latin America
POL 442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
LIN 100Y1 Introduction General Linguistics
LIN 228H1 Phonetics
LIN 229H1 Sound Patterns
MUS 305H1 Latin American and Caribbean Music

Language Courses for Specialist/Major in PRT:
SPA 100Y/220Y/319H/320Y (one only)

Language Courses for Specialist/Major in SPA:
PRT 100Y/110Y/220Y/320Y (one only)

In the department’s view,  the language citation is intended for students who wished to have their coursework recognized, indicating that they have attained a certain degree of knowledge of  the language, but do not have sufficient coursework to obtain a degree  (i.e., a major or a minor program).

Major or minor programs supersede the language citation.

To be considered, please complete the form below and attach a copy of your informal ROSI transcript.

Language Citation Request Form (DOC 37kb)

Upcoming Dates

1 Sep 2014

Labour Day. UofT Closed.

3-4 Sep 2014

Graduate Students Orientation

8 Sep 2014

Classes Begin

18-22 Sep 2014

 Victoria College Book Sale

10 Oct 2014

Exam Timetable Posted

13 Oct 2014

Thanksgiving. UofT Closed.

17-18 Nov 2014

Fall Break (no classes)

2 Dec 2014

Classes End