The Global Politics of China

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

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Course Description: 

Elective Course, Governance Specialization

This course provides an intensive introduction to the global politics of China.As well as a crucial intellectual challenge today, China is also increasingly important for a range of policy engagements. China has become globally prominent in recent times, but this course is not just about current affairs per se. It also explores how China came to be in its current circumstances, and the interconnections between China’s ‘domestic’ and ‘global’ relations. The first part of the course explores the politics of history and China’s modern historical trajectory. Going beyond a unitary conception of the Chinese state, the second part examines the nature and domestic sources of China’s foreign policy before exploring key regional and global relations. Finally, it analyses China’s changing engagement with and role in global governance.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  •  Understand the historical trajectory behind China’s current world role, and the politics of history;
  • Understand the interplay between China’s domestic and global politics;
  • Have attained an informed ability to assess and engage current debates about China’s (re)emergence and evolving global role.

Participation: 15%

Presentation: 15%

Final research paper (3,000 words): 70%.