How have the Chinese thought about international relations and their country's role in the world? How has such thinking influenced China's foreign relations in the past and how might it affect the foreign policy of a rising China in the future? This course addresses these questions by examining Chinese thinking on international relations through the major epochs of Chinese history, focusing on the present era of the People's Republic of China (PRC, from 1949 to the present). The course explores the traditional Chinese conceptions of world order and their modern transformation, major foreign policy thinking of successive PRC leadership from Mao to Xi, and new strands of thinking such as Chinese exceptionalism. It is a comprehensive course on Chinese views of international relations from the perspectives of the Chinese themselves.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion of this
course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the various strands of Chinese international thought;
2. Critically evaluate the major strands of Chinese international thought;
3. Present deep insights into the perceptual, ideational, and intellectual foundations of Chinese foreign policy;
4. Present strong arguments in their written and oral work and to link relevant concepts and theories to actual practice skills (as developed through written assessments, class presentations and discussions).
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
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Workload20 hours per week: 2 x two hours for seminar attendance, and 16 for reading and writing. Please note, this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
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