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DAFF 3040A - China's African Policy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is designed to provide special insight of the dynamics of China's African policy in historical and contemporary perspectives. It aims at acquainting students with the knowledge of the interplay between China's political aspirations, economic needs and security challenges by analyzing both concepts and practices that have been shaping the definition of China's African policy. The course will be divided into three parts. The first part (lessons 1-4) will look at the changes and evolutions of the PRC's interests, ideological principles and actors involved in China's African policy. The second part (lessons 5-8) will focus on China's practices in a number of fields, such as development aid, military and security issues, cultural diplomacy, and multilateral organisations. In the last part (lessons 9-12), we will discuss the implications and the new emerging challenges of China's rise and China's contemporary African policy for China, as well as for other players in the African continent.


BASSAN, Martina (Etudiante Doctorante)

Course validation

This course will be based on several complementary pedagogical approaches: 
 1. A 15 minutes presentation that each student is expected to make starting from the second course on selected topics (40%) 2. A 10-minutes press review on a topic chosen by the students (2 students per presentation) (10%) 
 3. Class attendance, participation and discussion on weekly readings (10%)
 4. A written essay (3000 words, footnotes and appendices included but bibliography excluded). Students will chose the topic with the advice and consent of the Professor (40%

Required reading

  • ALDEN, Chris, 2007. China in Africa: Partner, Competitor, or Hegemon?, London : Zed Books, p. 160.
  • BRAUTIGAM, Deborah, 2009. The Dragon's Gift. The Real Story of China in Africa, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 397.
  • RAINE, Sarah, 2009. China's African Challenges, Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 271.