Emerging Powers and the New World Order: Identities, Politics, and Culture of Globalization 2.0

Emerging Powers JBS

Chandler Rosenberger, Harleen Singh, and Pu Wang | 8 Weeks, 12 Credits | June 6-July 29, 2016

Today we are witnessing enormous changes in the politics, economics, and culture of global affairs. For the first time in 500 years, India, China, and other Asian states are nearly equal to the West in economic and geopolitical influence.

How will you navigate this changing world over the course of your career? How much do you know about the two nations that together represent one-third of humanity?  Are you prepared to work in India? To work for a Chinese company? Every government, firm, and NGO has an "Asia strategy."  Shouldn't you?  

Over the course of eight weeks, the Emerging Powers JBS will introduce students to modern India and China. Together with your classmates, you will have the chance to compare side-by-side two countries that have deep histories and parallel, while not identical, experiences with the West. You will also learn how leading thinkers in both societies interpret their nation’s stories and imagine their country’s futures, including how they address pressing issues of ethnic, religious and gender identity. You’ll move beyond the classroom for personal experiences with the cultures you are studying; you will visit relevant exhibits at Boston's museums, enjoy performances of music and dance from Chinese and Indian traditions, and sample each country's cuisines.

As we conclude you will come up with your own ideas of how to take advantage of new opportunities in professions you are considering joining. You’ll hear first-hand from leaders in politics and business about how they take China and India into account in mapping their own futures. The program is scheduled to conclude with a trip to New York to meet with diplomats at the United Nations and leaders in business and culture.

Ideal for

Students interested in the global transformations that are occurring as India, China, and other Asian states take their place on the world stage.  Those students whose interests lie in business or politics would also find this JBS helpful in their future careers as the East emerges and asserts its power on the world stage. 

Students in this JBS will earn 12 credit hours and fulfill two Non-Western (NW) requirements, two Social Science (SS) requirements,  and one Humanities (HUM) requirement toward graduation. Additionally, for most students, one JBS can count as a semester of residency toward graduation (all students - but particularly transfer students - should click here for terms and conditions surrounding residency requirements).

Sociology, International and Global Studies, East Asian Studies, and South Asian Studies students will all find classes toward their major in this JBS.  Also, all three courses in this JBS count as electives toward the International and Global Studies major.


IGS/SAS 160aj: The Rise of India (4 credits)
Requirements Fulfilled: NW SS

This course examines how India rose to become a world power. With one-seventh of the world's population and a booming economy, India now shapes all global debates on trade, counter-terrorism and the environment. How will India use this power and influence?

CHIN 136bj: Chinese Modernism in International Context (4 credits)
Requirements Fulfilled: HUM NW
Taught in English.

This course examines the origins, recurrences, and metamorphosis of modernistic styles and movements in twentieth-century Chinese literature, film, fine art, and intellectual discourses.

SOC 146bj: Nationalism and Globalization (4 credits)
Requirements Fulfilled: SS

Students will examine the origins and nature of nationalism and ways in which nationalist competition among European powers contributed to globalization. Also in this course students will explore the adoption of nationalism in non-Western states and consequences for the next phase of globalization.


If you have questions about the application process or have general programs about the JBS program, email us at: jbsprogram@brandeis.edu.

Please note: the application period for Summer 2016 has concluded and no new applications are being accepted.