Undergraduate Licence: Spanish with Portuguese pathway - DEFLE - French as a Foreign Language

Undergraduate Licence: Spanish with Portuguese pathway



By choosing to study Portuguese, students discover the language, literatures, and civilisations of Portuguese-speaking countries (Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa and Asia), and develop their thorough knowledge of these areas. As the third most-spoken European language, which is used by some 260 million people worldwide, there is no denying the importance of Portuguese in today’s globalised environment. Indeed, it is among the five most widely used languages online. Portuguese-speaking countries have a common history dating back to the Age of Discoveries in the 15th century, but they also represent great cultural diversity. 


The objectives of this programme are:

  • to understand how the Portuguese language, and the linguistic variations between Brazil and Portugal, took shape;
  • to understand the pre-eminence of Portugal at the time of the Age of Discovery, and the particularities of the decolonisation of Lusophone Africa;
  • to understand the reasons behind the territorial unity of Brazil, or why Lisbon is such a cosmopolitan city; 
  • to know more about the Nobel Prize winner José Saramago (1922-2010), or the great Brazilian writer Machado de Assis (1839-1908);
  • to understand the songs of Chico Buarque or Cesária Évora;
  • to grasp the sociological and historical meanings of capoeira, exploring beyond the clichés;
  • to discover the contrasts between the Luso-Brazilian Baroque and modern and contemporary artistic expression, from artists such as Joana Vasconcelos, Sebastião Salgado, and Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959);
  • to better understand the ecological stakes in the Amazonian rainforest, or Portugal’s leadership in renewable energies;
  • To assess the value of the natural resources in these countries (oil, gas, precious metals, biofuels), and the technologies these countries have at their disposal in order to best make use of the resources;  

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The Portuguese pathway offers contact with Portuguese-speaking countries, both as a united whole and in their diversity. This programme of study, which rests on a longstanding tradition of the study of Portuguese in France, is now being delivered by a dynamic team composed of university lecturers and teachers, and speakers from Brazil and Portugal. 



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