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Bachelor 2018/2019

Seminar “Politics and Societies in the BRICS states”

Type: Elective course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 3 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Instructors: Vera Ageeva
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course ‘Politics and society in BRICS countries’ covers main issues of current political, social and economic development of BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Main goal of the course is to provide students with solid data and insights in internal issues of BRICS countries through reading relevant literature and having in-class discussions.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • As the major learning outcome, we expect students to learn how to conduct high-qualified research on political and social aspects of development on foreign countries and prepare themselves to work with complex international issues.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources required for solving of research and professional problems.
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis.
  • Being capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. IR theories and Regionalism. Regionalism and world politics.
  • BRICS. Emergence, evolution, main issues & challenges.
  • Brazil. Politics and external affairs. Social and economic challenges.
  • India. Politics and external affairs. Social and economic challenges.
  • China. Politics and external affairs. Social and economic challenges.
  • South Africa. Politics and external affairs. Social and economic challenges.
  • Russia and BRICS.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
    During each class students are supposed to provide at least one solid answer on one of the class questions. Answer must consist at least of 15 sentences and one relevant quotation from the assigned readings. Students’oral in-class participation is assessed according to 2-1-0 scale. Each student (alone or within a group) is supposed to perform a presentation on the class topic. List of presentations will be provided by professor as well as guidelines for them. Presentation must be based on relevant to issue books, articles, reports and electronic resources. Each seminar students are supposed to ask questions about presentation and provide insightful comments. All group members must participate in presentation and talk. Both presentation and answers to questions will be assessed. Maximum for presentation is 35 points.
  • non-blocking Exam
    For final exam students must submit an essay (450-550 words). Theme will be formulated by the professor. Essay must be written in a scholarly style and include at least 4 references from 4 different class readings. Essay will be assessed on the 10-0 scale.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.35 * Exam + 0.65 * In-class participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bonakele, T., Fox, E. M., & Mncube, L. (2017). Competition Policy for the New Era : Insights From the BRICS Countries (Vol. First edition). Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1711117
  • Roberts, C. A., Armijo, L. E., & Katada, S. N. (2018). The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1607829

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bohler-Müller, N., & Kornegay, F. A. (2014). Laying the BRICS of a New Global Order : From Yekaterinburg 2009 to Ethekwini 2013. Pretoria, South Africa: Africa Institute of South Africa. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=664537
  • 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