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Historical, Political and Economic Integration of BRICS

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course includes short introduction to the histories of Brazil, China, India and South Africa as well as in-depth analysis of the main integration policies on the BRICS level. The analysis is based upon declarations of the BRICS summits and ministerial meetings as well as other policy documents. As such, the course offers insight to the current processes of the formation of one of the most widely discussed international grouping, one of the BRICS countries.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce the students to the processes of political, economic and social integration of the BRICS countries
  • Give knowledge about general histories of the five BRICS countries
  • Form understanding of the such core concepts and theories as a plural modernity theory, Global South, post-colonialism, development etc.
  • Promote skills necessary for analyzing social imaginaries, current politics and social processes in the BRICS countries.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understands core concepts related to plural modernity theory as underpinning BRICS integration processes
  • Able to use methods of historical analysis of social imaginaries influencing mutual (mis-)understanding of the BRICS countries
  • Understands current processes of political, economic and social integration of the BRICS countries
  • Understands general development of Chinese, Brazilian, Indian and South African societies through history
  • Understands the tools and instruments for the analysis of politics of identity practices
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • BRICS: general introduction
  • Brazil: the immigrant society
  • Russia: Postcommunist transformation and economics
  • India: from cast society to modern nation
  • China: ancient nation, emerging leader
  • South Africa: a story of the “rainbow nation”
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking Exam
    The exam is taken in the form of the essay. The volume of the essay is typically 1500 – 2500 words (3-5 pages). The essay should clearly address the policy issue in question, describe why it is important for the BRICS collaboration as well as briefly consider history of discussion of the issue among the BRICS member states and analyse decisions taken.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * Class participation + 0.5 * Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Ribeiro, G. L. (2015). Social, Political and Cultural Challenges of the BRICS. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Langaa RPCIG. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=958084

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Li, X. (2014). The BRICS and Beyond : The International Political Economy of the Emergence of a New World Order. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=797102