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China and Global Politics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Ming-Chin Chu
Academic year

Module overview

This course seeks to examine the international relations of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) addressing how and why China has reached its status within the international system today. As the world’s second largest economy, China is also a nuclear power with a huge military establishment representing about one quarter of the global population. Hence it is important for students of international relations to deepen their understanding of the way in which China has emerged as one of the rising powers at the global level. This module, aside from providing students with a detailed analysis of key issues and events pertaining to China and global politics, will also pay attention to existing scholarly debates over critical issues pertaining to China within the international system. The first half of the course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of key 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 role of history in China’s external relations, the PRC’s decision to enter the Korean War, and the rise and fall of Sino-Soviet alliance. The second half of the course will address thematic issues of relevance to China in global politics; these include the scholarly debate over the rise of China, Sino-U.S. relations, China and regional/global security, China’s role in regional/global economy, China and emerging technologies, issues of human rights and environment.