• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Beverley Loke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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 the theoretical and conceptual debates surrounding China’s rise, as well as the ways in which China’s historical legacy has shaped its worldview, foreign policy and evolving global engagement. Particular attention will be given to four main areas: (1) key theoretical and conceptual approaches to interpret China’s rise, as well as the connections between China’s history and contemporary debates on its foreign policy; (2) the main drivers of China’s global engagement; (3) China’s evolving relations around the world; (4) and the processes of competition, contestation and cooperation in key areas of global governance. The course aims to provide students with the ability to navigate theoretical and conceptual debates, and gain nuanced insights into the complexities of China's evolving global engagement.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse key theoretical and conceptual frameworks on China's rise
  2. Assess key debates on Chinese foreign and security policy in the scholarly literature and critically evaluate the key factors influencing China's global engagement
  3. Apply historical and conceptual knowledge of Chinese foreign policy to analyse China's contemporary international relations
  4. Develop strong written and oral skills for discussing and analysing Chinese foreign policy
  5. Conduct independent research and write cogent analytical essays

Other Information

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Group Oral Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay 1 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research Essay 2 (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9343 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9386 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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