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Open Programma

Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture

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

The recent (post-2000) socio-political development of Brazil is characterized by a ‘boom and bust’ cycle, not only in economic terms but also with respect to democracy, social justice, and international standing. Whereas the previous decade was marked by a more inclusive pattern of economic growth, reduction of poverty and inequality, and vibrant debates on the expansion and diversification of citizenship, after 2010 mass protests, economic decline, and political turmoil set the stage for a ‘neoconservative turn’ of which the election, in October 2018, of an extreme right wing politician to the presidency has been the most visible (but certainly not the only) consequence. 


Dr. F. (Fabio) de Castro

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen


Prof. dr. C.G. (Kees) Koonings

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen


Time, location en price

  • 14 February - 21 March 2023
  • Tuesday, 15:00-17:00
  • In REC, A2.07 on Tuesday
  • Costs: € 150 (€ 135 AUV members)

Important to know

  • The registration deadline for this OUC has passed.
  • For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website
  • 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.

Study material

  • The literature will consist of a reader of articles and book chapters (about 60 pages to study per meeting). 

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.

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Start Februari