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GOVT6359: US-China Relations

This seminar introduces students to the dynamics of US-China relations, regarded by many as the most significant bilateral relationship in the world. The seminar aims to give an overview of the history of US-China relations, to deepen the students' understanding of the strategic thinking and policy-making of both China and the US, and to discuss a number of key contemporary issues in the relationship in some detail. This bilateral relationship has arguably become the most complex and challenging for both Washington and Beijing.

Code GOVT6359
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a critical understanding of both the historical evolution and contemporary policy issues in Sino-US relations, drawing where possible on the interdisciplinary fields of international relations, strategic studies, political science and economics
  • LO2. apply and critique different concepts in the study and analysis of US-China relations from 1972, and in particular since the end of the Cold War
  • LO3. formulate, analyse and evaluate policy options, either from the US or Chinese perspectives (or both), in relation to outstanding and emerging challenges.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.