Brief Course Description

Brazilians like to joke that “Brazil is the country of tomorrow, and will always be.” However, this last decade has shown that “tomorrow” may have finally arrived in Brazil. Now a stable democracy and a rising economic power, Brazil is hosting two of the biggest sporting events in the world: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. This course uses the preparations for the 2014 World Cup as the backdrop for a discussion of important themes regarding Brazil’s political and economic development. Participants will visit four of the host cities, the stadiums to be used during the World Cup, and learn about the improvements made throughout these cities in preparation for the event. As we visit cities, participants will also learn about themes/topics that are essential to understanding Brazil’s rise as a regional superpower, including the recent oil discoveries, the agricultural boom, environmental consequences of development, corruption (especially in relation to World Cup projects), and inequality, among other important topics.