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Module Code: CCS202
Module Title: China and Asia
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
This course surveys the security challenges and cooperation in the broader Indo-Pacific Region against the background of a rising China. In particular, it provides students with an understanding of how China’s rise both affects and is affected by regional geo-strategic alignments, economic interdependence, and growing multilateral institutions, and aims to develop an ability to apply this knowledge to analyzing and evaluating the related issues and trends.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate knowledge of China’s relations with Asia in both historical context and contemporary settings and evaluate major related issues and trends.

B. Demonstrate an understanding of international relations theory and how it explains China’s rise and its implications for the region.

C. Demonstrate a knowledge of and the ability to critically assess the domestic context of China’s policy toward Asia, and how culture, history, key stakeholders, and policy-making processes influence the formulation and implementation of Chinese policies, and inform its negotiating strategies.

D. Critically assess China’s key bilateral ties in the region and its participation in major multilateral institutions.

E. Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of key players/major powers in the region and how they view their relationships with China.

F. Conduct basic research using multiple search applications/tools in English/Chinese-source data environments.

G. Compose different types of academic papers— e.g., article reviews, policy analyses, and research papers - to describe, synthesize, and analyse China’s foreign relations in the Asian context.

H. Demonstrate presentation skills, in both individual or group formats.
Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics.
The syllabus will typically include the following topics:

Week 1 Introduction to module

Week 2 China’s rise: international relations theory, power transition, and contest for primacy in East Asia

Week 3 Sino-US relations: partners or rivalsbr>

Week 4 Sino-Japanese relations

Week 5 China and the Korean Peninsula

Week 6 China-ASEAN relations: building trust, managing disputes

Week 7 Reading Week

Week 8 China and South Asia: a balanced approach

Week 9 China, Russia and Central Asia

Week 11 China and Middle East

Week 11 China and Australia

Week 12 Cross-Strait Relations

Week 13 China and multilateral institutions in Asia

Week 14 Revision of topics covered throughout the semester

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 In-Class Performance 15.00
2 Seminar Presentation 10.00
3 Critical Review Essay 15.00
4 Research Essay 20.00
5 Final Exam 40.00

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