This course surveys the rise of China and its implications for Asian and international security. The course begins with an historical overview of Chinese security policy with a particular emphasis upon key concepts of national identity, international status, and modernisation. It explores the domestic sources of China’s security policy, China’s security relations in the Asia Pacific, and particular case studies of crisis diplomacy such as the South China Sea, the Mekong River Delta, and the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- A comprehensive knowledge of the evolution of China’s foreign relations and security polices;
- A critical understanding of the key drivers of Chinese security policy behaviour in the Asia Pacific;
- Deeper insights into regional foreign policy and security challenges from a Chinese perspective;
- A developed capacity to 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, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).
- Tutorial participation 10% (10) [LO null]
- Short Essay20% (20) [LO null]
- Research Essay40% (40) [LO null]
- Final Examination30% (30) [LO null]
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35 contact hours per semester
A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the semester
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