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Brazil: Inequalities in Developing Contexts

This blended 3-week course is designed for students who want to broaden their critical thinking and world’s perspective in social inequalities. One week will be conducted online, and then the class will travel to Fortaleza for a hands-on examination and recognition of the impact of social injustice and social inequality in a developing context for two weeks.



Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
Commitment Fee Deadline: March 12, 2021

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Course Description

Students will learn how social inequalities and social injustice negatively affect populations. The study-abroad part of this course will take place in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. Students will visit the Federal University of Ceará, museums, and other types of local Art and Music performances, social and Health services like primary healthcare clinicspublic hospitals, public elementary and high schools, NGOs that support children with disabilitiesEducational and Research Centers. Students will also have the opportunity to exchange culture, interact with Brazilians, have broader perspective of the burden of social inequalities, and navigate in multicultural environment. 

An underlying theme of this course is the interplay between poverty, social, environment, culture, education, and health aspects in a middle-resource country. Through oral and writing debriefings and reflective essays, students will be able to compare and contrast the Brazilian context to the social inequalities of the United States. Meaningful active learning experiences include case studies, videos, peer and group discussions, engaged discussion sessions with TCNJ and Brazilian students alike. 

Program Information

Course: PBH 255 / PBHG 665: Social Inequalities in a Developing Context – The Case of Brazil

Liberal Learning: TBT

Dates: Online Coursework: July 26, 2021-July 30, 2021, Brazil Travel Dates: Aug. 1, 2021-Aug. 10, 2021

Program Director: Dr. Carolina Borges, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, and Dr. Marina Ribeiro de Souza, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Eligibility: This course is designed for students at the sophomore level or higher majoring in Public Health, Nursing, Exercise Science, Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Anthropology, Education, and related areas. Open also to Graduate Students. A minimum GPA 2.75 cumulative is required to apply.

Program Fee: TBT*. Explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Live on the Federal University of Ceará campus
  • Explore local museums and art galleries, like the Inhotim Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Visit public hospitals, primary care facilities, and outpatient clinics
  • Tour local NGOs and the Minas Gerais State Administrative Center
  • Check out a soccer stadium or sports center
  • Browse the Mangabeiras and City Farmer Market
  • Visit local public elementary and high schools
  • Eat at traditional Brazilian restaurants
  • Relax at the beach and public parks
  • See UNESCO World Heritage centers like the Pampulha Modern Ensemble and Ouro Preto


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact  Dr. Carolina Borges & Dr. Marina Ribeiro de Souza at  and

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.