• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Feng Zhang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The re-emergence of China as a major power has raised important questions relating to its role in international politics and the likely consequences for world order. This course will critically assess China's evolving engagement with the outside world by looking at the close relationship between China's internal transitions, domestic institutions and social challenges on one side and its international policies and diplomacy on the other. It will consider new developments in Chinese foreign policy as well as key political, economic, and social changes taking place at the domestic level. Particular attention will be given to six main issues: (1) the interplay between traditional and new forms of Chinese diplomacy; (2) energy and resource security; (3) human rights and environmental responsibility; (4) Chinese institutions and political reform; (5) economic reform and world trade; and (6) Chinese societies and local-global linkages. By moving beyond the traditional international-domestic divide, the course aims to provide students with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complexity of China's global engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of China's foreign policies and the interplay between foreign policy and domestic politics;
  • Analyse key debates on Chinese foreign and security policy in the scholarly literature and critically analyse key factors influencing Chinese foreign policy;
  • Apply historical and conceptual knowledge of Chinese foreign policy to analyse China's contemporary international relations;
  • Develop strong written and oral skills for discussing and analysing Chinese foreign policy (such as in essays and class presentations).

Indicative Assessment

Assessment would be based principally on evaluation of student performance in writing essays and delivering short presentations. Breakdown as follows:

Oral Presentations (20%)

First essay: 3000 words. (40%)

Second Essay: 3000 words (40%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Prescribed Texts

The three prescribed texts for the course include Susan Shirk (2006) China: Fragile Superpower,
New York: Oxford University Press, Tony Saich (2010) (third edition) Governance and Politics
of China, Houndmills and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, and Christopher Ford (2010) The
Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations, The University Press of
Kentucky.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1926
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2520
2008 $2592
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3708
2004 $3708
2005 $3708
2006 $3816
2007 $3816
2008 $3816
2009 $3816
2010 $3942
2011 $3942
2012 $3942
2013 $3942
2014 $3942
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8767 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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