Global Affairs

Brazil: Race, Class and Equity in Higher Education

This three-week course analyzes the emergence and impact of race- and social-class-based affirmative action policies in Brazil, placing the Brazilian situation in the context of contemporary debates about equity and higher education. We meet students, faculty and administrators at universities, activists from the black movement, researchers, and government officials. Cultural experiences complement the academic content: we engage with Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador da Bahia and experience the marvelous but deeply unequal city of Rio.

Brazil has the largest--and by most measures, best--higher education system in Latin America, and enrollments have undergone explosive growth over the last 20 years. We examine the distinctively fluid concept of race in Brazil and affirmative action policies based on race and social class to understand Brazilian higher education. Brazil began to implement affirmative action policies in 2003, stoking enormous cultural, legal, and education debates. Since then, the Brazilian economy has expanded and, recently, contracted. Affirmative action policies have been at the center of national debates, and we work to understand those debates in their full complexity.

Locations:

Saõ Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Program Dates:

Tentative Dates: July 30 - August 17, 2018 

Additional course meetings will take place before and after travel by video- or phone-conference. 

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Regular Deadline 1: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Regular Deadline 2: Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Admissions rolling thereafter as space remains available 

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • African American Studies
  • Higher Education
  • International Education
  • Latin American Studies

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.

Course(s):

Students register for a total of 3 points and take the following course:

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Draft 2016 Course Syllabus

Draft 2016 Itinerary

Faculty:

Dr. Erich Dietrich, Associate Dean, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Dr. Ollie Johnson, Associate Professor, Wayne State University

Tuition:

2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees.

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fee: TBD

2018 Activity Fee: TBD

Housing and activity fees include hotel accommodations (double occupancy: two persons per room), daily breakfast, domestic flight within Brazil, local transportation to/from site visits, cultural/scholarly event costs, and two group dinners.

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Summer 2018 Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and StudentUniverse.com for student rates.

Accommodations:

Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, Visa Information:

Flight: Students purchase their own international travel to coincide with program dates. Please note that the course begins in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Salvador da Bahia; please book your airline ticket accordingly. The domestic airline booking within Brazil, from Rio to Salvador, is booked centrally (not by the student) and this cost is included in the course activity fee.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: U.S. Citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Other nationalities: please consult NYU's Office of Global Services and check with the Brazilian consulate for details.