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2015/2016  KAN-CMLMV2001U  Globalisation and the rise of the BRICs countries

English Title
Globalisation and the rise of the BRICs countries

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 35
Study board
Study Board for MA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Carlos Salas Lind - Department of International Business Communication (IBC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • International political economy
  • Political Science
Last updated on 07-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: At the end of the course, students must be able to:
  • Apply relevant concepts and theories in the discussion of globalisation.
  • Identify the defining characteristics of the economic opportunities and challenges BRICs countries are facing in a globalising economy.
  • Discuss and assess the economic debate in emerging economies in a precise way.
  • Assess competing economic strategies in a globalising (and converging) economy.
  • Identify the main characteristics of economic systems in the BRICs countries
  • Assess the similarities and differences in the economic strategies pursued by BRIC-countries the last two decades.
  • Critically assess the challenges BRICs countries face in a globalising economy.
Course prerequisites
Students must have BA-level knowledge of economics, history and politics of less developed countries. For example countries of the Americas or Asia and/or Africa'.
Written exam:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Allowed dictionaries
  • Notes in paper format brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
The written exam is held immediately after the ordinary exam period. After that, the exam cannot be taken until the next ordinary exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam consists of a number of questions which are to be answered in the form of essays. It will be conducted on CBS computers.

Course content and structure

On the one hand, special emphasis is on an in-depth analysis of the factors that have made it possible for BRICS countries to experience robust economic progress after implementing pro-free market economic policies. The BRICS-economies will be the study cases.

Teaching methods
The course uses lectures and group activities. All teaching is in English (as well as reading and audio visual material). Requirements for the course are reading all the texts in a timely manner. Active participation in class discussion and vivid debate are also highly expected.
Expected literature

Course texts:

1.   Becker, Uwe 2013: The BRICs and Emerging Economies in Comparative Perspective (Routledge).

2.    O'Brien, Robert and Williams, Marc 2013: “Global Political Economy”, 4th Edition. (Palgrave Macmillan).
Supplementary study material:
Newspaper, journal articles and audio-visual material (DVD)

Last updated on 07-08-2015