BRICS Today: A Mini-Course


To meet student interests and time constraints, The University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University collaborate to offer intensive courses on topics of interest, taught by expert faculty, with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, followed by a research paper. The courses are 1 credit hour or 3 units for CMU students, with about 14 hours of lectures and an expected 30 hours of work for the paper.

These courses are also open and free to the K-12 teaching community, business and community members.

The courses have focused on countries with emerging economies: Brazil, India, China, Russia, and South Africa (BRICS). 

Register for these weekend courses as you would for any other course. The course numbers are included on weekend-today course descriptions. Since weekend-today courses are offered jointly, students register for University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon course numbers, depending on their affiliation. Registered students are required to complete specified follow up assignments to receive full credit.

Current course offering:

  • TBA

Previous courses:

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