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Study in English at PUC-Rio!
International Students at PUC-Rio

PUC-Rio and Cristo Redentor

Courses in English  + Portuguese as a Second Language

International students now have the opportunity to take courses in English at PUC-Rio and learn Portuguese!

The courses taught in English have a content based on Brazilian and Latin American aspects, such as: culture, literature, business, design, Civilization and history, among others. Along with the courses in English, international students must attend Portuguese as a Second Language courses.

Candidates must follow the regular application procedures presented at indicating the intention to attend classes in English.

1 or 2 academic semesters.

Application procedures and deadlines
Applicants must send the complete application form and other requested documents as indicated at

Ms. Linda Sousa – Incoming Student Coordinator

Courses in English | 2014

(The History, Sociology and International Relation courses are available every semester.
The final list of courses in English will be released on December 2013. Other courses can be included)


Course ART9853 – Ergonomics and Ergo Design in Brazil
Profa. Claudia Mont´Alvão (2 credits)
Course Description Ergonomics in Brazil: development and research. Main approaches in Brazil used for ergonomic studies. The nature of ergodesign. Ergodesign in development of products, information systems and human-computer interfaces.
Bibliography DUL, Jan; WEERDMEESTER, Bernard. Ergonomia prática. São Paulo: Edgard Blucher, 1995. 147 p.

GRANDJEAN, Etienne. Manual de ergonomia: adaptando o trabalho ao homem. Porto Alegre, Artes Médicas, 1998. 338 p.

MORAES, Anamaria de; MONT´ALVÃO, Claudia. Ergonomia: conceitos e aplicações. Rio de Janeiro: iUser (3a. edição).136 p.
Course ADM1487 – Cases in International Marketing
Prof. Marcus Wilcox Hemais (4 credits)
Course Description Concepts and theories in international marketing. The challenges and opportunities in international markets. Environment analysis of international markets. Strategies to enter international markets. Choosing target markets and positioning. International marketing mix (product, price, distribution and marketing communication).
Bibliography KEEGAN, Warren; GREEN, Mark. Global Marketing (7th Edition). Prentice Hall, 2012.
Course ADM9980 – International Negotiation
Prof. Roger James Volkema (4 credits)
Course Description Negotiating in a world of increasing professional and organizational interdependence. Cultural differences and negotiation. Relational development, communication styles, tactics/behaviors, agreements and negotiation.
Course ADM9981 – Marketing Strategies Through Consumer Behavior
(4 credits)
Course Description Marketing strategies decisions from a consumer behavior approach. Basic determinants of consumer behavior. The roles of marketing as influence on consumer buying and decision.
Course ADM9982 – Relation Ship Marketing
(4 credits)
Course Description The last two decades have witnessed a tremendous explosion in ways that firms use to track consumer behavior. This was aided considerably by the precipitous fall in the price of electronic storage media as well as computing power. Despite access to valuable data on purchase behavior and consumer characteristics, very few firms actually condition their strategies on the data they have. This may be attributed to at least two factors. First, firms now have so much information that it is often very costly for them to get to the data that can be meaningfully used to devise their strategies. Second, many firms just don't know what to do with the data. The course addresses both these issues. The course will takes the long-term view, the business-based approach to customer relationship management (CRM). It tells students what CRM means to businesses, plus the why and the how of putting a CRM database system into action. Real world examples will be brought into classroom to illustrate how CRM can and has been used to change and build any type of business, strategically and managerially.
Course ADM9983 – Valuation and Real Options
(4 credits)
Course Description Principles of Capital Budgeting. Project Valuation. Static and Dynamic Valuation Models. Valuation Methods and relevant cash flows. Cost of Capital and Valuation under Uncertainty. Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation. Enterprise Valuation. Mergers and Acquisitions. Modeling uncertainty and project options. Real Option analysis and valuation. Applications.
Course HIS9827 – Brazilian History
(4 credits)
Course Description South America in the context of the Portuguese ultramarine Empire. Black and Indian slavery. The Catholic Church: hierarchies and social identity in the colony. Political emancipation and the construction of the Imperial State. Nationality formation and social tensions. Crisis of slavery and the end of the monarchic regime. The historical experience of the Brazilian Republic. Authoritarianism and Democracy. Inclusion and exclusion in the Brazilian society.
Course IRI9602 – Brazilian Foreign Policy I
(4 credits)
Course Description The course will explain how the main Brazilian Foreign Policy paradigms were formulated as well as discuss the role of economic development on the Brazilian foreign policy contents. The following issues will be discussed: The Republican regime and foreign policy; Americanism and Pan-Americanism; Cold War and foreign policy; The impact of economic development on Brazilian Foreign Policy; The Independent Foreign Policy and the Globalism; The Foreign Policy of Military Regime and the Americanism; Geopolitics and National Security Doctrine; Globalism revival and consolidation; Democracy and Foreign Policy; The post Cold War and Brazilian international insertion; Actors and perceptions of Brazilian Foreign Policy.
Course IRI9842 – International Area Studies II (North Africa)
(4 credits)
Course Description

This course examines the international politics of the Middle East and North Africa since World War I. Among the major issues covered in the course are empire and state formation; war and peace; the Arab-Israeli conflict; inter-Arab Relations; Iran foreign policy; international politics of oil; international politics of Islam and Arabism; regional institutions and organizations; Iraq war; the Arab Spring, and democratization and conflict.

We will analyze the role of domestic, regional and international forces (great powers, international norms, and globalization) in shaping the international politics on of the Middle East and North Africa. And we will examine how different International Relations theories explain the international politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

The main goal of this course is to provide the students with the analytical tools and historical knowledge to understand and think creatively about the international politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

Course IRI9775 – Special Topics in International Relations (Science, Technology and War)
(4 credits)
Course Description Science, technology and war are inextricably linked. Every major technology – metallurgy, explosives, internal combustion, aviation, electronics, and nuclear energy – has either been developed for, or used in, armed conflicts. This course focuses on the application of chemical and biological agents as weapons. However, wider forces and influences are at play. The economic, political, strategic and technological dimensions are important and relevant considerations that bear on research, development and use of weapons. This course draws on a number of approaches to illuminate some of the most pertinent aspects of modern arms control. A key element is the consideration of real world examples: historical uses and development, rationales, and practicalities of arms control to make this often abstract subject matter more tangible and accessible
Course IRI9990 – Advanced Studies in International Relations II (International Political Economy)
(4 credits)
Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the political economy of international relations. The course is divided into three parts. In the first part, we will critically examine the main theoretical perspectives in International Political Economy, including Realism, Liberalism, Marxism and Constructivism. In the second part of this course, we will analyze the contemporary structure of global trade and monetary regimes and their historical evolution since the end of the 19th century. In this part we will also examine the power and policies of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

In the third part, we will focus on economic globalization and its effects. We will examine the effects of economic globalization on state power, poverty, inequality, human rights and security.

The main goal of this course is to provide the students with the analytical tools and historical knowledge to understand and think creatively about international political economy.

Course LET9419 – Special Topics in Portuguese Language. Study and discussion of special topics related to the Portuguese language studies.
(4 credits) (Semester II)
Course Description Intercultural studies: parameters of analysis. Identification of aspects of the Brazilian culture and language interaction that may be relevant in multicultural/intercultural contexts. Practical work with Brazilian films, TV soap operas and sitcoms, song lyrics, press articles, publicity campaigns and short stories.
Course LET9420 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE – Brazilian Language and Culture: from stereotyping to Reality
(4 credits) (semester I)
Course Description Approach and discussion of the Brazilian culture in its most relevant aspects to students who come from other cultures. Rethink Brazil through the read-ing of possible stereotypes present in images internationally disseminated, taking into consideration the process of construction of the Brazilian Portu-guese Language and the verbal, non-verbal and social interactional patterns currently in use. Effective contact with different cultural aspects such as ethnic diversity, art, religion, folklore, culinary and language through theo-retical readings, debates and eventual lectures about specific cultural topics.
Course IND1022 – Supply Chain Logistics Management – Special topics on Production Engineering
(2 credits)
Course Scope The discipline exams traditional logistics issues within the context of the supply Description chain.
Program Main definitions, logistics evolution, performance management systems, primary logistics activities (network design, information, transportation management, inventory management and strategy, warehousing, materials handling, packaging), supply chain management (organization and relationship management, information technology), trends, business cases.
Reference Supply Chain Logistics Management, Donald J. Bowersox, David J. CLoss, and M. Bixbt Cooper, McGrawHill ISBN 0-07-235100-4, 2002.
Requisite Basic notions of operations management and the student must be fluent in English (Portuguese and other languages will not be accepted in the classroom).
Evaluation Test (50%) and Business Case (50%).
Course SOC9174 – Contemporary Brazilian Debates from a Sociological and Anthropological Perspective
(4 credits)
Course Description This course aims to give an introduction to contemporary Brazilian anthropology and sociology. Beginning with central problems which influenced the constitution of these two disciplines, centering around the ideas of Gilberto Freyre and Sergio Buarque de Hollanda, we will discuss modernity and Portuguese tradition; the historical role of the State and its relations with society; public life and private values; family and social solidarity; "racial democracy" and criticisms; Brazilian modernism. The course will then highlight some specific contemporary subject discussions in both areas: violence and urban life, race and inequality, religion, cultural artistic manifestations, especially Tropicalism, Brazilian funk and "manguebeat".


Please, confirm the course code, schedule, number of credits and availability before the registration period.


PUC-RIO — International Cooperation Central Coordination Office
Linda Cristina Sousa
Incoming Student Coordinator

Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Ed. Pe. Leonel Franca, 8th floor
Gávea – 22451-300 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil