Faculty of Arts


China and the World


This course provides a comprehensive overview of China’s engagement with the world since 1978. Its purpose is to develop students’ understanding of the factors shaping China’s foreign policy choices and the implications of China’s global rise, as well as to develop their writing and analytical skills.   

The course consists of four parts: Part 1 places the Chinese world-view in historical context. Part 2 explores China’s relationships with a variety of countries and regions, notably its East Asian neighbours, as well as the United States and Africa. Part 3 examines the role of China in international institutions such as UN and WTO. Part 4 considers the implications of the global presence in China, particularly international NGOs in the global human rights and climate change regimes.    


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Not offered in 2021; planned for 2022


Coordinator(s) Dr Stephen Noakes


POLITICS 254: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage I in Politics and International Relations, or Asian Studies or History, or CHINESE 130 and ASIAN 100, or POLITICS 106 and 30 points in Global Politics and Human Rights



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