This course focuses on the main economic, political, social, and cultural factors which can help to explain the recent empowerment of Brazil’s position in the world scene. It offers a critical view of several domestic obstacles (such as the existence of great social inequalities, lack of probity by state institutions, declining levels of economic growth, and the like) which could jeopardize the consolidation of the new achieved world status. Also attention is paid to the relation of Brazil with the rest of the Latin American nations, as well as the growing cooperation Brazil is having with other emerging economies such as Russia, India and China (within the framework of the BRICS).
To obtain knowledge and understanding about the complex interplay between economic, political and social factors and the ways the influence each other at large-scale processes of development and modernization.
To get insight in the main cultural changes that have been generated by the new international position reached by Brazil and their impact on the country’s self-image.
Mode of instruction
Total courseload: 140 hrs
Lectures: 26 hrs
Preparation assignments: 30 hrs
Preparation lectures (reading literature): 84 hrs
2 written examinations with open questions (40% per exam)
1 assignment (20%)
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
Re-sit: Only the written examinations can be re-taken. Students re-take only the part that was insufficient.
Michael Reid (2014) Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power. Yale University Press. ISBN: 9780300165609, and selected articles in Blackboard.
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dhr. H.A.S. Solheim MPhil
tel; 071-527 2342