• Class Number 4474
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Xiaoyu Lu
    • Xiaoyu Lu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

China's re-emergence as a significant economic and political actor is a geopolitical development of the first order.  It has been a century since the international system has had to accommodate a wholly new major power, particularly a power that has the potential to rival even the weight of the US.  This course seeks to equip students to assess the trajectory of China's current rise to prominence and its probable implications, particularly for stability in East Asia and for the wider modalities of global governance.  The course will cover China's political, economic and military policies and capabilities, as well the development of China's relations with other key actors.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess the trajectory of China’s current rise to prominence and its probable implications, particularly for stability in East Asia and for the wider modalities of global governance.
  2. Critically analyse China’s political, economic and military policies and capabilities
  3. Evaluate the development of China’s relations with other key actors.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Part I: The legacy of war and imperialism Part II: China's defence and strategic challenges during the Mao era
2 Part I: Chinese security during the Deng and post-Cold War eras Part II: China's strategic vision under Xi Jinping
3 Part I: China and the Taiwan issue Part II: China’s use of force
4 Part I: The actors in Chinese security policy making Part II: Introduction to the Simulation
5 Part I: China's military modernisation Part II: China's nuclear strategy
6 Part I: China's rise and the global order
7 Part I: The role of the media, netizens and public opinion in shaping Chinese policy Part II: China's economic and energy security challenges
8 Part I: China's influence in Asia Part II: China's relations with Japan
9 Part I: Chinese maritime security actors Part II: Introduction to the Simulation
10 Non-state Actors in China's security policy
11 Reflection and Conclusion

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Ministerial Policy Memo 15 % 1,2
Group Presentation Project 35 % 1,3
Research Essay 50 % 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Ministerial Policy Memo

You have been allocated a Chinese security "actor". You are required to prepare a 1500 word Policy Memo to the Australian Minister for Defence outlining:

Your actor's characteristics and interests; Your actor's capabilities (this could refer to military, political, personal, economic "capabilities" etc); The mechanisms your actor uses to influence policy and how their influence on policy has shifted over time; Examples of your actor's recent involvement in the policy process.


In addition, you are required to provide an Annotated Bibliography of six particularly useful sources that you used to research your actor (no more than 200 words per source; total 1200 words). An annotated bibliography lists and describes/critiques the sources that you used when conducting research. Your annotated bibliography should give a brief account of the information each source provides; why that source is worth including; and your critique of the source (if any). Your list of sources should include: at least one book; at least two academic journal articles; no more than two websites/internet sources.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Group Presentation Project

You will be allocated to a group of 3-4 members and you as a team are required to complete a group presentation on one of the weekly topics. The presentation can be in the format of podcast, written policy analysis or other suitable formats that can be shared with the class. You do not need to provide references for this assessment.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Research Essay

You will individually research and write a 3500 word research essay on the following topic:

Analyse one of the following Chinese policy issues from the perspective of three of the Chinese actors we have studied in this course:

China-Australia relations;

China-US relations;

Chinese participation in international institutions; or

China's Belt and Road Initiative


Your essay should discuss the extent to which these actors hold shared or conflicting policy interests, the strategies pursued by these actors, and your assessment of China's ability to pursue a unified strategy on this policy issue. Your essay should be based on your own research and the course material, and your experience during the simulation.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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