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Unit Overview


This unit examines the rise of China as a global power and its implications for the world. It first studies the historical evolution of China's foreign policy, in terms of basic patterns, issues, interests and leaderships/regimes. Secondly, the unit looks into China's very often complicated relations with other great powers and key international organisations. Thirdly, in order to achieve an integrated view of China's role in globalisation, the unit investigates the transnational relations at the civil society level. Fourthly, the unit critically discusses the theoretical debates over China's rise and China's challenges to fundamental interpretative paradigms. The main aim of this unit is to equip the students with the knowledge to understand China's role as a burgeoning superpower in the twenty-first century, and the resulting practical and theoretical challenges to the world and Australia.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the evolving patterns of China's foreign policy and international relations; (2) understand where China stands on the various major international issues and debates; (3) understand the interests and motivations of China in the key bilateral relations; and (4) understand the theoretical debate over China's assertive international behaviour.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a major essay; (2) seminar participation; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jie Chen
Contact hours
seminars:18 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.