Writing Intensive Classes
These skills may be regarded by all students as a base for further study. Help is available through the Neilson Library Reference Department's Ask a Librarian options.
What Should Portuguese-Brazilian Studies Majors Learn and In Which Classes?
Upon completion of this level students should
The emphasis here should be on using skills the student has already mastered in English (use of a dictionary, word processing, and basic online searches), but refining them for Portuguese-Brazilian Studies. This includes such things as: Portuguese Spellcheck, etc., in MS Word; online dictionaries, and also reputable Portuguese-English and Portuguese-Portuguese dictionaries.
Basic Portuguese-language news websites:
At this level, students should familiarize themselves with basic American academic resources, while at the same time they begin to specialize their research methods to reflect a deeper engagement with Portuguese-Brazilian Studies. By the end of POR 221, students should
In addition to the resources listed above, students in POR 220/221 should be familiar with the following:
The research skills necessary for POR 280 resemble those learned in POR 220/221, though because knowledge of the SPP Portuguese language is not required, Portuguese-Brazilian Studies resources may be beyond the scope of many students. Still, one can expect that students will, by the end of POR 280, be able to
In addition to the resources listed above, students in POR 280 should be familiar with the following:
Advanced Portuguese-Brazilian Studies majors at the seminar level should master the research skills necessary to make an original contribution to the field of Portuguese-Brazilian Studies. This requires that students be able to contextualize their claims within current scholarly discourse, drawing upon quotable and reliable resources and presenting their arguments cogently.
Beyond the skills required in POR 200/201 and POR 220/221, students should
In What Ways Will Student Skills be Assessed?
Students completing work on a paper at the 200 level should submit a bibliography in which primary and secondary sources listed reflect the use of the online catalog, at least some scholarly journals through the use of MLA International Bibliography. Students should be prepared to defend the credentials of authors cited if asked.
In 300 level seminars in Portuguese-Brazilian studies, students should routinely cite both supportive and oppositional arguments from primary and secondary sources in papers including book reviews or other articles found through the use of footnotes or citation indexes. The seminar paper might include an annotated bibliography in which students are asked to indicate the source of their citation and its relative value to the argument within the paper.
Using someone else's words, ideas, or arguments without acknowledgment is plagiarism. This is a serious violation of the College's Honor Code. Students should learn to distinguish between "received knowledge" and original work, between ideas that have often been repeated and ideas that are new. They must always identify and acknowledge their sources for everything except "received knowledge," such as dates and facts found in many encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Note About SPP - Spanish Majors Skills
A separate Information Literacy Program Plan has been developed for Spanish majors at Smith College.
draft recommended for approval by faculty, Feb. 8, 2010