This course seeks to examine the foreign policy and international relations of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) addressing how and why China has reached its status within the international system today. Aside from providing students with a detailed analysis of key issues and events pertaining to China and global politics, throughout the course we will pay attention to how China’s foreign policy relates to international relations grand and middle-range theories. The first half of the course is
designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of key issues, trends and events in China’s international relations from the 19th Century to the present day. The sessions during the first part of the course will examine topics such as the Chinese view of the world order, the PRC’s decision to enter the Korean War, the rise and fall of Sino-Soviet alliance, etc. The second half of the course will address thematic issues of relevance to China in global politics; these include the debate over the rise of China, Sino-U.S. relations, China’s growing involvement in international regimes, China and regional/global security, China’s role in regional/global economy, issues of human rights, environment, and Taiwan.