- Class Number 8003
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Denghua Zhang
- Dr Denghua Zhang
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
The re-emergence of China as a great 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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)
- David Shambaugh, China Goes Global: The Partial Power (Oxford University Press, 2014)
- Thomas J. Christensen, The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (New York: Norton, 2015).
For general texts on Chinese foreign policy it will be useful to read:
- John W. Garver, China's Quest: The History of the Foreign Relations of the People's Republic of China (Oxford University Press, 2016).
- Stuart Harris, China's Foreign Policy, (Polity Press, 2014).
- Henry Kissinger, On China (New York: Penguin, 2012).
- Robert Sutter, Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
For a discussion on imperial China's foreign relations that form an important background to modern Chinese foreign policy, it will be useful to read my book:
- Feng Zhang, Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015).
Students new to Chinese foreign policy might consult these reference books:
- Robert Sutter, Historical Dictionary of Chinese Foreign Policy (Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, 2011).
- Shaun Breslin, ed., Handbook of China's International Relations (London: Routledge, 2010).
Students unfamiliar with Chinese history and politics should also consult one of the following books:
- Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China, Second Edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 1999).
- John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman, China: A New History, Enlarged Edition (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998).
- Maurice Meisner, Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic, Third Edition (New York: The Free Press, 1999).
- Kenneth Lieberthal, Governing China: From Revolution to Reform, Second Edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 2003).
- Rana Mitter, A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford: University of Oxford Press, 2004).
- Pamela Kyle Crossley, The Wobbling Pivot: China Since 1800, An Interpretive History (Malden, MA: Wiley- Blackwell, 2010).
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Seminar 1 - 29/07/2020: Chinese Politics: Legitimacy in a One-Party State|
|2||Seminar 2 - 05/08/2020: Chinese Economy and Society: Growth and Stability|
|3||Seminar 3 - 12/08/2020: China's Military: What Kind of Challenge?|
|4||Seminar 4 - 19/08/2020: Relations with the West: the US, Australia, and Europe||Short Essay due Thursday 20/08/2020, 11:55pm|
|5||Seminar 5 - 26/08/2020: A Bomb that Still Ticks: Taiwan|
|6||Seminar 6 - 02/09/2020: The Troubled Eastern Front: Japan and the East China Sea|
|7||Seminar 7 - 23/09/2020: The Obstreperous Ally: North Korea and Its Nuclear Program|
|8||Seminar 8 - 30/09/2020: The New Geopolitical Battleground: Southeast Asia and the South China Sea||Research Essay due Thursday 01/10/2020, 11:55pm|
|9||Seminar 9 - 07/10/2020: The Eurasian Land Frontier: Russia, Central Asia, and South Asia|
|10||Seminar 10 - 14/10/2020: China Goes Global: Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania|
|11||Seminar 11 - 21/10/2020: The Belt and Road Initiative: a New Grand Strategy?|
|12||Seminar 12 - 28/10/2020: China and Global Governance|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation and Oral presentation||10 %||27/07/2020||28/11/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Short Essay||20 %||20/08/2020||06/09/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Research Essay||30 %||01/10/2020||15/10/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Take-home Exam||40 %||02/11/2020||03/12/2020||1,2,3,4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Participation and Oral presentation
This will be in-class seminar presentations. At each seminar, a small groups of students will be asked to present on the study questions of that seminar. You can either deliver your presentation individually, or make a joint group presentation (in which case the assessment of your presentation will be based on the group performance as a whole). Make sure you choose one of the study questions as your presentation topic. The whole presentation period should take no more than 25 minutes. As a rule of thumb, each student should speak for approximately 7 minutes. So make sure your presentation is concise, direct, and forceful!
The presentations will be assessed according to four key criteria: (1) the degree to which the presentation engages with the relevant literature beyond essential readings; (2) the degree to which the presentation provides analysis of the key issues and trends; (3) the degree to which the presentation reveals critical thinking in addressing the central question; and (4) the degree to which the presentation engages with the audience by raising salient questions and ideas for further discussion.
I will provide verbal feedback following your presentation.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Write an essay of 1,000 words to answer one of the following questions:
- What factors explain the political longevity of the Chinese Communist Party?
- Why has Sino-US strategic competition intensified?
- How is China's rise affecting Australia's foreign policy?
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The research essay provides a deeper and more sophisticated analysis of seminar questions than the short essay. Write 2,000 words to answer one of the following questions:
- Why has the China-Japan relationship deteriorated since the early 2000s?
- Is the China-Russia relationship an alliance?
- Why is President Xi Jinping so vigorously promoting the Belt and Road Initiative?
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
You will be asked to answer three questions in the take-home exam. These questions are drawn from the topics covered in this course and are linked to major debates about recent Chinese foreign policy.
Word limit: 2400 (800 words for each question)
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Denghua Zhang is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, foreign aid and China in the Pacific. His first book, A Cautious New Approach: China's Growing Trilateral Aid Cooperation, was published by the Australian National University Press in March 2020. His articles have appeared in Third World Quarterly, Pacific Review, Asian Journal of Political Science, the Round Table, Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, etc. He received his PhD from the Australian National University.
Dr Denghua Zhang