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China's International Relations (1949-Present) (Module)

Module description

This modules provides students with a history of Chinese foreign policy since 1949, including basic developments in China's bilateral relations with other states (mainly former Soviet Union and USA), in China's international organizational behaviour from revolutionary movements to international institutions, and in Chinese positions on global issues such as environment and arms control. Students will learn about the development of Chinese foreign policy strategy by exploring new texts by Chinese scholars and analysts in both Chinese and English languages, supplemented with primary data in Chinese official documents and first hand sources. Students will also be introduced to a set of analytical tools of current international relations theory and comparative foreign policy analysis which will enable them to critically review the existing structural/systemic theories, psychological approaches, domestic politics explanations and cultural and ideological variables used to explain Chinese foreign policy.

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Key information

Module code 7YYC0009

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20 credits

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No