Democracy and Engaged Citizenship in Rio de Janeiro


History 298: History and Travel:  Brazil, 3 credits (CRN 41129)
International Studies 360:  Field Studies Abroad, 3 credits (CRN 41247)
Anthropology 451:  Field School in Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits (CRN 41137)
International Studies 590: Graduate Field Studies Abroad, 3 credits (CRN 41141)


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

Brazilians have long imagined that one day, their country would join the ranks of the world's most developed and powerful nations.  Until recently, however, soccer was the only sector in which Brazil managed to achieve world leadership status. Yet today, Brazil seems poised, finally, to join the ranks of the world's top nations; the economy is growing and the last three presidents of Brazil have enjoyed international, as well as domestic, respect and popularity.   In June of 2014, Brazil will host the World Cup and in 2016, the city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics.  Does this recognition mean that Brazil is finally among the world's most important nations, even though millions of Brazilians still live  in slums known as favelas? How will the organizers of these major international events handle issues of urban poverty in Rio and other Brazilian cities? Is this a question for the government or do the residents of the favelas have ideas of their own? Has democracy enabled all Brazil's citizens to participate in decisions about their future?  How does Brazil's contemporary reality relate to its colonial past?  This spring semester study abroad course will take on these questions through the exploration of one of the world's most fabulous cities:  Rio de Janeiro.  Students will  have the opportunity to trace the changes that Rio and Brazil have experienced by traveling to small colonial towns, the summer palace of the former emperor, the famous Rio neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as one of the world's largest slums:  Rocinha. Students will visit the place where the new Brazil began:  Brazil's "Steel City", Volta Redonda.  While in Brazil, students will speak with Brazilian experts on Brazil's history and new reality.

Classes and extensive orientation sessions will take place on the CCSU campus prior to departure.  The travel component of the course will take place during Spring Break.  Students must attend all classes and orientation sessions.  Failure to do so may result in cancellation.  Several follow-up classes  will be held on campus after the travel component is complete.


Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013



$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

March 13 - 23, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof. MaryAnn Mahony
History Department
(860) 832-0119

Prof. Evelyn Phillips
Anthropology Department
(860) 832-2617

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