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Culture, Sustainability and Business in Brazil: Local Scenarios and Perspectives

Summary: To offer a perspective about how native environments are entangled with culture and how sustainability issues are progressing in the business scenario in Brazil.

Duration: 20 hours, one hour per week, every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m

Semester Schedule

First Phase Theme: Recognize where you are


1 – Introduction: Exploring your Brazilian frame
8 - The Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo: Social, Economic and Environmental Aspects
15 – The ABC Region: History and Structure
22 – Visit to the Atlantic Rainforest Reserve
29 – Debriefing: how is my Brazilian frame now?

Second Theme: Culture and Environment: A crossed pollination process


5 - How environment influences our culture
12 - Dynamic: How environment influences my cultural scenario?
19 – Natural Environments in Brazil
26 – Evolution of Conservation Scenarios in Brazil

Third Theme: Sustainable development, SDGs and Brazilian Business Scenario


3 – Research questionnaire: what is sustainable development?
10 - Recess
17 – What is the vision of sustainable development?
24 – Exploring Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
31 - SDG and Brazilian Scenarios


7 - Innovative business cases: Applying Sustainability
14 - Innovative business cases: Applying Sustainability
21 - Innovative business cases: Applying Sustainability
28 – Research Seminar: Comparing Sustainability/SDG implementation Brazil and the student´s country of origin


5 - Conversation Circle: What lessons am I taking from here?
12 – Closing and critical remarks for next semester

Evaluation Process

Participation and completion of reading and debriefing tasks: 20%

Research among students about the meaning of sustainable development: creating the questionnaire; applying it, tabulating, elucidating and discussing the results: 30%

Research Seminar: Comparing Sustainability/SDG implementation Brazil and a foreign country: 50%

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