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55232-01 - Seminar: Geopolitics of Urbanization: China's Belt and Road Initiative in Africa 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch)
Remo Reginold (remo.reginold@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt China is playing an increasingly central role in shaping the new global order. The Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI) launched in 2013 is one of China’s most ambitious projects. It is a large-scale infrastructure project to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via land and sea. The BRI, also known as the New Silk Road, is the signature foreign policy project of China’s president Xi Jinping and supports the "Great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Infrastructure, tied to money policies, technological development, as well as value-based politics, trade and investment schemes, is thus a paramount tool of global geopolitics.

This seminar analyses the geostrategic aims and hidden agendas of the BRI, with special emphasis on the African continent. Via selected case studies, we try to understand how the Chinese way of doing international relations impacts existing infrastructural schemes, urban development, and everyday lifeworlds. Initially promoted as win-win cooperation, the BRI received criticism in recent times. Westerners tend to describe it as new colonial project, a form of debt-trap-diplomacy comparable to carrot-and-stick politics.

Based on the selected case studies, the seminar’s mission is to explore China’s South-South cooperation and how it alters the understanding of rule-based politics and Western development schemes in urban settings. In opposition to IMF, WTO and liberal market principles, China emphasizes investment and development in weak regions, thereby neglecting treaties, principles of international law and human rights. This new geopolitical reality will impact societies in the global South at large and challenge their resilience.
Lernziele The students will be acquainted with (I) the central premises of geopolitics and international relations and their relationship with urban development and infrastructure (II) analyze how China’s engagement in world politics alters the logic of Western investment and development schemes and (III) challenge the so-called North-South dependency theories. In addition, the students will learn to (IV) apply historical, economic and geopolitical reasoning to urban case studies and (V) reason on how infrastructure-based economies are exposing themselves to international challenges.

 

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.09.2019 – 17.12.2019
Zeit Dienstag, 16.15-18.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 17.09.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 24.09.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 01.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 08.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 15.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 22.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 29.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 05.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 12.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 19.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 26.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 03.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 10.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Dienstag 17.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Regional Integration and Global Flows (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies

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