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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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The Program
This course will examine urban politics in Brazil, emphasizing the challenges of conflicting interests within a country that has experienced periods of both political and economic stability and instability. Specifically, we will assess the role of civil society organizations, public officials and private sector interests in defining policies related to housing, violence, and the environment. Prior to the international portion of the program we will study the country's political history, the importance of cities within this highly urbanized country, and background on specific issues in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. During our travel to Brazil we will divide our time between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with cultural excursions and visits to relevant organizations. In Rio de Janeiro we will learn about the "Pacification Program" to reduce violence in the favelas and we will visit communities impacted by construction for the World Cup and Olympics. We will visit Vila Autodromo, a community that has resisted displacement located next to the main Olympic venue, tour a "pacified" favela with residents, visit with a youth organization, and meet with law enforcement. In Sao Paulo, we will meet with leaders of the housing movements and NGOs working to improve the urban environment. The program will bring to life the ideas discussed through readings and lectures prior to travel. Upon returning from Brazil, students will present a research paper framed as a policy brief, analyzing a specific policy problem, current efforts, and specific recommendations for policy change.

Program Location(s)
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil

Faculty Director: Maureen Donaghy (, Department of Political Science and Department of Public Policy and Administration
Course Number: 50:790:490, cross-listed with 50:975:380:I1, 56:606:613:I2
Course Meeting Dates and Times: 4:30-7:20pm; 1/24, 2/28, 3/28, 5/2

Program Dates
May 2017: Approximately May 19-27, 2017 (subject to change)

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD

Program Cost Includes
Some meals
HTH Travel Health Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (**All travelers are required to obtain a visa**)
Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Center for International Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Center for International Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.