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Spring 2013-2014
* WWS 316 / POL 399 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

China's Foreign Relations

Thomas J. Christensen

This course will review and analyze the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present. It will examine Beijing's relations with the Soviet Union, the United States, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Third World during the Cold War, and will discuss the future of Chinese foreign policy in light of the end of the Cold War, changes in the Chinese economy, the post-Tiananmen legitimacy crisis in Beijing, and the continuing rise of Chinese power and influence in Asia and beyond.

Sample reading list:
Henry A. Kissinger, On China
A. Doak Barnett, China and the Major Powers in East Asia
Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China
Harry Harding, A Fragile Relationship
James Mann, About Face
Thomas Christensen, Useful Adversaries
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages reading each week. In-class short answer exam; 5-7 page take-home midterm; 10-12 page takehome exercise.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Graduate students will be expected to explore the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40558 L01 9:00 am - 9:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:52 Limit:85
44059 P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
44060 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
44061 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
44062 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44063 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   014   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
44064 P06 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:11 Limit:15 Closed
43438 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled