Units of Study

CISS6016 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jingdong Yuan


China's rise to regional and global prominence has attracted growing attention in recent years. Scholars as well as policymakers debate and assess the implications of rising Chinese power for regional security and the international system. This seminar introduces students to Chinese foreign and security policy, including its handling of major-power relations, its active pursuit of multilateral diplomacy in regional organizations and participation in international peacekeeping operations, and its changing perspectives on arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation. It begins with a brief history of phases in Chinese foreign and security policy and then gives an overview of major theoretical approaches to the subject. These theoretical perspectives are useful in examining a wide range of policy issues, ranging from Chinese strategic modernization, security trends in the Taiwan Strait, civilmilitary relations, the Chinese foreign policy process, and the domestic sources of Chinese foreign and security policy. The course is taught as a seminar, with students expected to write a book review, a research design and bibliography, and a final research paper. Students will be required to do assigned reading, participate actively in class discussions, make oral presentations of their book review and research paper, and serve as a discussant for one of their classmates' papers.


1x4500wd Research Paper (60%) 1x1000wd Book Report (20%); Class presentation (10%) and participation (10%)


1x3-hr seminar/week

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