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Course Number: 90-712

BRAZIL today: Ethnicity, Economy and Environment

Units: 3

The course will open with a keynote lecture on Friday evening on an overview of the issues. This will be followed by instructional lectures on Saturday on the various themes by experts in the fields. Sunday morning will be a discussion of environmental case studies and a panel discussion by the speakers on future challenges, and some possible projections/ recommendations.

This short course will explore how these three factors interact in Brazil and in the position of Brazil as a world economy. 
Examples of questions that may be explored during the lectures and that students may want to explore for their paper are:

What is Brazil's role in the world economy?

What are the major impediments to Brazil's economic growth?

What role does race, ethnicity and class play in shaping Brazil's politics and economy? To what extend is the deep social and economic inequality in Brazilian society rooted in discrimination between races?

How has development and trade coupled with Brazil's national economic policy affected Brazil's environment?

What are the major impediments to Brazil's economic and business growth?

What does the economic growth mean for: An economically well-off American citizen? An American of lower economic status? An affluent Brazilian citizen? A poor Brazilian citizen?

What are the current and future challenges of multinational firms in Brazil and what needs to happen to move towards the path of overcoming these to assist the economic and human growth of Brazil?

A review of policies and education on a Brazilian industrial sector such as manufacturing, textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment.

Compare and contrast policy debates, environmental impacts etc of economic growth between those of the Brazil and another emerging economy such as India)

The course may be taken for "audit" By attending all the lectures during the weekend and for 3 units/ 1 credit-hour credit by completing a research paper.