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Module Code: INR304
Module Title: Sino-European Relations: A Critical Approach
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module looks at Sino-European relations from a critical perspective, asking students to think beyond mainstream IR theories. Students will initially explore historical narratives to understand the way Sino-European relations are framed. The module then focuses on EU-China relations, critically reflecting on converging and diverging interests, policies and political outcomes and instruments within the framework of the EU-China strategic partnership. Finally, students will ponder the future of Sino-European relations.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify the main historical events that have shaped Sino-European relations

B Understand the points of convergence and divergence between China and the EU and its member-states

C Critically assess the EU-China strategic partnership

D Combine different theoretical approaches, both mainstream and non-mainstream, to better understand Sino-European relations

E Assess and critique the different historical narratives in the Sino-European relationship

F Use appropriate research skills

G Produce academic writing which is appropriate for the discipline

Method of teaching and learning 
The module is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, and private study with the potential of fieldtrips to major Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing.
China and European Imperialism: A different version of Marco Polo’s stories

The European Communities and China: Dependency and neo-colonialism

The European Union and China: Othering or Securitisation

Questioning agency in Sino-EUropean Relations (I): China’s relations with the UK, France, Germany and Italy

Questioning agency in Sino-EUropean Relations (II): China’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe

The EU-China Strategic Partnership: Thriving interregionalism

EU-China security cooperation: Any room for the regional security complex theory

Looking at EU-China power relations: A Foucauldian perspective

EU foreign policy towards China: Analysing discourses

Contentious politics in EU-China relations: Till death do us part

Aporetic Identification: When EU needs China to define itself

Quo vaditis Sino-European Relations


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


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Critical Review Of Book Chapter/Article 40.00
2 Essay Plan 10.00
3 Essay 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/16/2019 7:00:46 AM