Plan of Study

Brazil: Conflict and Social Justice

   MARCH 09-18, 2012

In 2002 Latin America’s largest country, Brazil, entered into a new phase of building popular political power. At the center of the conflict are the struggles to balance the demands of global finance with the needs of his nations impoverished millions. The emergence of the Workers’ Party nationally as well as in many state and local municipal serves as the backdrop for students to get a first hand account of the process whereby social movements play a major role in reconstructing society for the benefit of the majority. During eleven days students will engage in a variety of activities including:
* Meet with regional and national leaders in labor and social movements;
* Meet with regional and national leaders of Brazil’s Workers Party (PT) and examine first hand the process of participatory democracy;
* Visit community organizations, worker-controlled factories, unions, rural and industrial cooperatives, peasant land occupations, as well as cultural and historical sites in the southern region of Brazil.
Attention students: Students taking this course for college credit must register for the Labor Studies course L495. Students are required to complete assigned readings and previously arranged course discussions as part of their course work as well as complete their written assignments by the end of the spring 2012 semester.
The total cost of the trip is $3,100.00 (estimated)
This includes: a) Round trip air fare Chicago-Porto Alegre –Chicago
                         b) Lodging and meals during their stay in Brazil
                           c) All internal transportation during their stay in Brazil.
Students are responsible for the costs for their passports and visas. Students must obtain a valid passport by January 16, 2012 in order to apply for the visa ($100). It is recommended that students travel with at least $300.00 for personal expenses during the excursion.
Travel Date: March 09-18, 2012 
Course Registration:
To register students must complete a registration form and send it to the Labor Studies Program, spaces on the trip are limited and are guaranteed on a first come, first serve basis.
If you want to participate in the program but have conflicting scheduling issues please contact Dr. William Mello at the email below.
The deadline to apply is January 20, 2012

Please send all applications to:
William Mello
Indiana University-Kokomo/ Labor Studies
2300 South Washington Street, Room KE 344
Kokomo, IN, 46902
Craig Campbell
School of Social Work- Labor Studies Program/ IUPUI
902 West New York Street – 4th Floor
Indianapolis, IN, 46202-5156

Application available in KE 346 or at