Faculty of Arts


Great Power Relations

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for POLITICS 751.


Course description

This course focuses on the strategic competitions and realignments of great powers, including the United States, China, Japan, India, Russia and the EU. It discusses the ideas and theories relating to power strategies and foreign-policy behaviour, and investigates such issues as alliances, multilateralism, the future development of the United States, the rise of China and the power trajectories of India and other emerging powers.


At the end of this course, we should be able to:

  • Understand how great powers shape international order and relations
  • Differentiate between big powers, middle power and small powers
  • Identify and assess the defining features of the rise and fall of big powers
  • Analyse the ways in which great powers relate to each other and to other powers
  • Understand the evolving process of great power transitions
  • Articulate some of the controversies surrounding the major debates about great power politics

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Gerald Chan


POLITICS 751: 15.0 points

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