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Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture

This course addresses historical development and contemporary dynamics of the modern Brazilian society. As the fifth largest country in the world and one of the tenth largest economies, Brazil plays a major role in economic and social processes in Latin America and is an increasingly prominent player in regional and global politics.

The Open-UvA-course Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture seeks to look beyond the current crisis in order to understand the socio/economic, environmental, political and cultural transformation of the largest Latin American country. The concepts of democracy, citizenship and culture will help us to frame key dimensions of this transformation. Democracy refers to the changes in the political order. Until recently, democratic political stability was an important factor for relatively successful development during the past 25 years in Brazil. Citizenship is not only fundamental for democratic politics but also speaks to the challenges in the field of security, wellbeing, inequality, identity, diversity and participation. Brazil is often seen as a paradigm of unequal or ‘disjunctive’ citizenship. Culture refers to changing values, identity and practices in both urban and rural spaces.


dhr. dr. F. (Fabio) de Castro

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen


dhr. prof. dr. C.G. (Kees) Koonings

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen


Date, time, location and costs

  • 4 February - 17 March 2020
  • weekly on Tuesday 13:00-16:00 
  • Location: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Room 2.02
  • Costs: € 150 (AUV-members € 135)

For the current study schedule, please always consult the UvA timetable website prior to each lecture. 

Important to know

Type  Open UvA course
Teaching method Lectures
Language of instruction English
Course material To be announced on Canvas
Other information You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.
Deadline registration 24 January, subject to availability

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture
Studielast EC, 7 weken
Voertaal Engels
Start Februari