Rising Powers: Brazil

Course Dates: 20/01/22 - 17/02/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Online
Brazil's rise has been impressive but seems to have stalled. What are the factors the country’s growing presence and the challenges Latin America's leading power faces in its endeavour to achieve its international ambitions?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00

Course Code: HPC43

Thu, day, 20 Jan - 17 Feb '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The aim of this course is to provide students with the key elements to understand not only what made the rise of Brazil possible but also which internal and external obstacles the country has been facing. Through the study of the country’s recent socio-economic and political history, its relations with its neighbours, and its links with other rising powers around the world, students will gin a deeper knowledge of this fascinating country and its place in today’s world.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

(1) The factors explaining the rise of Brazil; (2) The socio-economic situation: opportunities and challenges; (3) Brazil's contested regional leadership; (4) Brazil on the international stage; (5) From Dilma Rousseff to Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s missed opportunities?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

(1) List the four main objectives of the Brazilian diplomacy; (2) Analyse the factors that made Brazil's rise possible over the past two decades; (3) Identify the key internal issues Brazil must address in order to fulfill its ambitions; (4) Analyse the relations between Brazil and the other Latin American countries; (5) Analyse the role and place of Brazil in the world; (6) Explain how the presidencies of Rousseff, Temer and Bolsonaro impacted Brazil’s international position.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No specific knowledge needed although some background information on Brazil in particular and Latin America in general would be helpful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of lectures and group discussions. Classes will be supported by PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Learners will be asked to read a couple of articles at home to prepare the discussions in class. These will be available on the website for the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look at our range of Contemporary Politics courses on our website.

Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

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