Module Information

Module Identifier
IQ30320
Module Title
The Brics in World Politics
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 7 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 16 x 1 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hours exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of emerging powers in international politics
2. Demonstrate sophisticated ability to apply concepts of International Relations to the BRICS states
3. Demonstrate ability to apply established research methods in the study of emerging powers
4. Use original materials and primary sources to evaluate critically how the rise of the BRICS has affected the international order
5. Demonstrate an extensive understanding of how the international policies of the BRICS affect the negotiation of global issues
6. Evaluate and critique current research and advanced scholarship on the international development policies of the BRICS

Content

The module discusses the policies of the five BRICS states in the areas of foreign policy, political economy and global development. It also examines their role in international economic institutions, their relations with the United States, and their ability to act as regional leaders and bridge-builders between North and South.

Brief description

The module examines the emergence of the BRICS in contemporary world politics and assesses the impact of these states on the global order. It examines the power projection of each state and provides a comparative framework for understanding the historical conditions that inform the rise of the BRICS. The module also builds upon leading theoretical schools of International Relations in order to provide explanations that critically assess the rise of the BRICS and their changing systemic role.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas verbally and in writing, and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will develop skills in using the many sources of information available to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from the module convenor and other students. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding how to answer assessed essay questions.
Information Technology Students will enhance their proficiency using Blackboard, where materials to support learning will be made available. Students will also develop skills in searching for, and assessing the validity of, online information sources as part of preparation for lectures, seminars and assessed tasks. Assessed work will be presented in electronic format, according to standard expectations.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work requires students to write clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of an essay will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare seminar presentations will also enable students to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; reason logically; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research in order to complete the assessed work. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts, journal articles, electronic publications, and online news sources.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluate competing perspectives • Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary social and political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars. For many of the topics of this module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6