Summer 2018 Rio Program

Urban Inequality, Activism, and Change in Brazil

sa101 This program examines inequality and activism in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia Brazil. Students will explore different theoretical approaches to social and economic disparity, and consider what might be done to alleviate poverty and other forms of social injustice. The cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia will serve as case studies to outline global urban trends and draw some comparisons, especially between Brazil and the United States. Students will also be pushed to think creatively about activism as a solution to inequality.

Of course, an introduction to the social and political context of Rio would be incomplete without also introducing participants to the unique surroundings that have earned it the moniker of Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City): a stunning geography of rugged mountains and the Atlantic’s sandy beaches. To take it all in, we will visit numerous historical, cultural, and tourist landmarks such as the Penha church (originally built by slaves in the 1690s), the Cristo Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Tijuca National Forest (the largest urban forest in the world, replanted by hand in the nineteenth century). There will also be an in-country excursion to Salvador da Bahia. Located on the northeastern coast, Salvador was Brazil's capital during much of the country’s colonial period, and today this city of 2.5 million is considered a major center of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Coursework

(Open to major and non-major students)

SOC 3530 Continuity and Change in Brazilian Society
4 units (satisfies Area D4 General Education requirement)

This course develops insight on how Brazil reached its current condition. It covers social, political, economic and cultural developments. The major themes that we will focus on include: the nature and legacy of slavery on Brazil, the tensions between continuity/change and between individual/society in Brazil. The former capitals of the country, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia will serve as the backdrop for the course.

SOC 3535 Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil
4 units (Major Elective)

This course introduces Brazilian contemporary social issues– citizenship, race/ethnicity, education, policing, religion, health, and poverty will all be explored. The cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia will serve as the setting to explore these issues.

Program Activities

We will visit numerous historical, cultural, and tourist landmarks such as the Penha church (originally built by slaves in the 1690s), the Cristo Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Tijuca National Forest (the largest urban forest in the world, replanted by hand in the nineteenth century). There will also be an in-country excursion to Salvador da Bahia. Located on the northeastern coast, Salvador was Brazil's capital during much of the country’s colonial period, and today this city of 2.5 million is considered a major center of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Program Details

Dates: July 10 - July 31, 2018 (tentative)

Total Courses: 2

Total Units: 8

Costs*

Tuition: $1,750 (Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.)

Accommodations: $2,150 (hotel accommodations, R/T domestic flight (Rio to Salvador), health insurance, local transportation, most activities, one group lunch, welcome/departure dinners included)

Estimated Additional Expenses

Flight: $1,000-$1,500

Visa: $220

Spending Money: $900-$1,200

TOTAL: $5,090-$6,820

*charges subject to change

Passport/Visa Information

A valid Passport is required to travel outside of the United States.

Passport cost is $165.

Passports may take a few months to process, so students are encouraged to start the process early.

More information on the Passport process can be found here.

Please note: Prices and totals displayed are subject to change.

Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Available to U.S. citizens who want to study abroad and who receive a Pell Grant. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000. The Gilman is an extremely competitive scholarship that requires an essay and proposal, so start the application early. For more information please visit the Gilman website.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Information Sessions in the Biella Room (LI 2126) on the Hayward Campus.

  • Tuesday, January 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 3, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 5, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9, 12:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Apply Now!

Apply for Cal State East Bay’s Summer 2018 Rio Program here.

Completed applications are due by January 31, 2018.

Decision date is February 21, 2018.

First payment ($2,150) is due March 28, 2018.

Second payment ($1,750) is due June 11, 2018.

Apply early, spaces are very limited.

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