- Code POLS3030
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Development Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Arts, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world, home to an advanced aerospace industry, and the source of a cultural rhythm that has shaped music and the arts the world over. Yet despite numerous signs of advanced development, the country is still beset with widespread poverty, social exclusion, and disturbingly high levels of violence and citizen insecurity. As the bossa nova singer Tom Jobim noted, ‘Brazil is not for beginners’. The purpose of this course is take students from a beginner’s to a more advanced understanding of Brazilian society, and the political dynamics of this amazingly diverse country. The course is divided into three sections. The first concentrates on Brazil’s historical and cultural origins, which have shaped its politics and continues to do so today. The second section focuses on the unique configuration of Brazilian political institutions, including its presidential-led coalition model, ‘robust’ federalism, and the long standing importance of the ‘local’. The third section of the course will focuses on critical issues for Brazil’s development from a policy perspective including crime, drugs, and kidnapping, poverty and inequality, environmental sustainability and the Amazon, and its ‘soft power’ foreign policy—all of which matter for its success in being conceived today as a regional hegemon in the global sphere.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic issues and contextual questions relevant to Brazilian politics;
- Analyze the main institutional structures and processes in Brazilian politics;
- Discuss the contemporary reality and issues of Brazilian politics;
- Critically assess the value and importance of alternate arguments
- Communicate an understanding of Brazilian politics through written analysis and/or oral presentation.
Research Paper 40% (Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5) (2500 words)
Contemporary Policy Briefing Paper 20% (Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5) (750 words.)
Timed Summative Take Home Essay Exam 40% (Learning Outcomes
1, 2, 5). (2500-3000 words)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsA P Montero (2014), Brazil: Reversal of Fortune (Polity Press).
P Kingstone and T Power, eds. (2008), Democratic Brazil Revisited (University of Pittsburgh).
Preliminary ReadingLarry Rohter (2012), Brazil on the Rise (Macmillan).
Michael Reid (2014), Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power (Yale).
Assumed KnowledgeUnderstanding of basic concepts in political science or public policy.
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