The Global Politics of China

Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
2.0
Type: 
Elective
Concentration: 
Governance
Course Description: 

Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration 

This course provides an intensive introduction to the global politics of China. China is now very prominent in global affairs, but the course is not just about current affairs per se. While seeking to enable engagement with current events, including China’s engagement with global governance, it also explores how China came to be in its current circumstances, the different ways that these can be interpreted, and the interconnections between China’s ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ relations.

Preliminary Readings:

Rana Mitter, A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Yu Hua, China in Ten Words (London: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 2012).

Rosemary Foot (ed.), China Across the Divide: The Domestic and Global in Politics and Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will:

  • understand the historical trajectory behind China’s current world role, and the politics of history today;
  • understand the interplay between China’s domestic and global politics;
  • be able to critically assess and engage current debates about China’s (evolving global role
  • have attained a foundation for further, more advanced study or policy engagement. 
Assessment: 

This course will be mainly assessed by a final exercise and essay.

Prerequisites: 

N.A.