HPOB00005U Portuguese and Brazilian Studies - Brazil as a global actor

Volume 2017/2018

Today Brazil has a large and growing presence on the international scene, as a member of the BRICS group of emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Brazil has further been a key player in international forums such as the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009, as well as Group of 20 (G20). Therefore, it is common to refer to the country as a political and/or economic "global player". But what does it mean to be a “Global Player”? And how can we “measure” to which extent a country is (or is not) a “Global Player”? In this course we will examine different theories from political science and economics and apply them to case studies on Brazil. Some topics to be analyzed are the state’s own definition of its international role, the material and organizational resources it can rely on, concrete activities undertaken by the country, the recognition and acceptance of its leadership status by other actors/states, and its "real political influence".

The reading list, to be announced at a later date, will include theoretical texts on the core concepts of the course, case studies on the topic, as well as official documents (government strategy papers and declarations).

Language: Portuguese and English. Assigned readings will be in Portuguese and English.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 162,75
  • Total
  • 204,75
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Fagelementer der kan benyttes til dette kursus:
Emne om identitet
Frit tilvalgsemne
Emne om den portugisisktalende verden
Criteria for exam assesment