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BSPO 1025A - Coping with the Rise of China

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

After exploring the shift of global power to Asia and providing a broad coverage of the regions relations with the great powers and international/regional institutions, including important issues like democratisation, economic globalisation and security, this subject looks at the impact of a rising China in the globalised world. It then examines contemporary China's relations with various powers, regions and global institutions, particularly in the context of its phenomenal rise in the last three decades. The subject also explores key issues related to China's foreign relations: movement of people, trade and investments, participation in regional and global institutions, disputes and conflict resolution. The subject ends with a special section to understand China's contemporary economic dynamics, examining the sources of China's growth and dynamism, the interplay between its Maoist legacies and the centrifugal forces of the market, the country's changing role in the global economy, the consequences of rapid growth on the environment and society, and the government's preparedness for managing future developments.


ASTARITA, Claudia (PhD. Lecturer)

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: 1°) A 8 pages (without bibliography) group paper (3 students per group) to be submitted before session 11 ; 2°) Final exam (session 12).

Required reading

Zhang, Yongjin. “‘China Anxiety': Discourse and Intellectual Challenges.” Development & Change 44, no. 6 (2013)

Additional required reading

  • Cohen, W. (2009). China's Rise in Historical Perspective. In Quansheng Zhao & Guoli Liu (Eds). Managing the China Challenge: Global Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 23-40
  • Session 3: Zheng, Y. “Where Does the Chinese Communist Party Go From Here? Challenges and Opportunities” China: An International Journal, Vol 10, n. 2, August 2012
  • Chan, Phil C. W. “Human Rights and Democracy with Chinese Characteristics?” Human Rights Law Review 13, no. 4 (2013)
  • Dai, Bingguo, and Yuqing Yan. “Stick to the Path of Peaceful Development.” Societas et Res Publica 1, no. 2 (2012)