Course: Emerging Powers in International Politics and Development

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Course title Emerging Powers in International Politics and Development
Course code KAP/MPR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 8
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šanc David, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Piknerová Linda, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Structural changes of the international system after the end of the Cold War 2. Conceptualizing emerging powers, defining related terms (regional power, middle power etc.) 3. Political-economic characteristics of emerging powers 4. Activities of emerging powers in the international arena (attempts to redefine the economic order, proposals for reform of the United Nations Security Council, attitude toward peacekeeping) 5. China as an emerging power (internal transformation, foreign policy priorities) 6. Indie as an emerging power (internal transformation, foreign policy priorities) 7. Brazil as an emerging power (internal transformation, foreign policy priorities) 8. SAR as an emerging power (internal transformation, foreign policy priorities) 9. Other emerging powers (Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Nigeria) 10. Development assistance among the emerging powers 11. Newly industrialized countries in the international system industrializované země v mezinárodním systému 12. OPEC countries and their impact on international politics

Learning activities and teaching methods
Self-study of literature, Lecture, Seminar
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 50 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 78 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will have detailed knowledge of the issues related to emerging powers in international system, evaluate their impact on international politics and reflect on their significance in international development. Students will be able to clasify and understand the concept of emerging powers and its relation to other concepts in the field (regional power, middle power etc.). Also students will be able to analyse specific activities of emerging powers in the international arena and to exploration of the conditions that lead to rise of their power.
teaching methods
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Emerging economies the geopolitics of the BRICS nations. Austin : . Stratfor, 2012. ISBN 1475220693.
  • DENT, Christopher M., ed. China-Africa development relations. Abingdon, 2011.
  • Fernández Jilberto, Alex E. Latin America facing China : south-south relations beyond the Washington consensus. New York : Berghahn Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0-85745-623-6.
  • Fues, Thomas.; Sidiropoulos, Elizabeth; Chaturvedi, Sachin. Development cooperation and emerging powers : new partners or old patterns?. London ; Zed Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-78032-063-2.
  • Fürst, Rudolf. Vzestup Indie a Číny : přichází asijské století?. Praha : Ústav mezinárodních vztahů, 2011. ISBN 978-80-86506-84-5.
  • Cheru, Fantu; Obi, Cyril. The rise of China and India in Africa : challenges, opportunities and critical interventions. London : Zed Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84813-437-9.
  • Mawdsley, Emma. From recipients to donors : emerging powers and the changing develoment landscape. London : Zed Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84813-946-6.
  • Modi, Renu. South-South cooperation : Africa on the centre stage. 1st pub. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-0-230-24885-4.
  • Nadkarni, Vidya; Noonan, Norma C. Emerging powers in a comparative perspective : the political and economic rise of the BRIC countries. 1st pub. New York : Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4411-1986-5.
  • Prys, Miriam. Redefining regional power in international relations : Indian and South African perspectives. London : Routledge, 2012. ISBN 978-0-415-61610-2.
  • Radelet, Steven C. Emerging Africa : how 17 countries are leading the way. 2010. ISBN 978-1-933286-51-8.
  • Taylor, Brendan. Australia as an Asia-Pacific regional power : friendships in flux?. London : Routledge, 2012. ISBN 978-0-415-54092-6.

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