Moral and civism in higher education

a teaching programs analysis of the discipline Brazilian Problems Study at UFPR (1971-1984)


  • Rudimar Gomes Bertotti Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná
  • Gisele Rietow Bertotti Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná



This article aimed to investigate the bibliography of the Study of Brazilian Problems (PBS) discipline at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) between 1971 and 1984. It was used primary and secondary sources, which unveiled the theoretical corpus that supported BPS teaching at UFPR. Some methodological elements of Cultural History were mobilized based on the understanding that individuals and groups grasp the social world and share it in a particular way, producing strategies and practices (political, social and educational) (Chartier 2002). Finally, the analysis revealed that BPS’ teaching programs were based on a bibliographic diversity, marked by books that were aligned with the Doctrine of the National Security and Development (DNSD), but which appeared alongside the works of some anti-regime authors. And that bibliographic focused on national problems denoted adherence to a larger DNSD policy aimed at encouraging the participation of university youth in the national political and economic plan.


Keywords: Brazilian Problems Study. Dictatorship. Teaching programs. Bibliography. History of Education.


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