PKU3 - Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Making
3 July 2017 – 28 July 2017
Hosted by Peking University
An economically more powerful and confident China is exerting unprecedented influence on global affairs with its proactive diplomacy.
To understand the sources of Chinese external behavior is essential to predict and respond to China’s international behavior. The very nature of the structure of Chinese society and government has made this a difficult, if not impossible task, albeit appealing. The saying that foreign policy making is a black box is more accurate in China than in many other countries.
Aiming to open the black box of Chinese foreign policy making, this course tries to bridge foreign decision making theories and Chinese foreign policy making practice to understand the major factors that shape Chinese foreign policy and how they exert their influences. These include: the impact of historical legacies, systematic constraints, personality and decision making style of paramount leaders, evolving foreign policy making structure and changing bureaucratic process, fluid domestic politics, and the impact of the military, nationalism, and public opinion on Chinese foreign policy.
It will unveil how leaders coordinate domestic and international situations in foreign affairs as they will always emphasize today. It intends to inform students of China’s external behavior and provide an analytical understanding of the dynamics of China’s foreign policy decision making.
Target Audience & Prerequisites
- Bachelor students
- Master students
- PhD students
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Seminar with discussion.
Students are required to complete the reading assignments and be prepared to discuss the major themes in the readings. The bibliography for the papers must include books, journal articles, chapters, and other professional writings. Proper footnoting is required. Class attendance and active participation in class discussion are expected. Missing class or arriving late will affect your grade.
15% - Participation-each student is required to sign in for attendance every session.
15% - Presentation-each student will participate in a group presentation and leading of that class discussion. Each student will be evaluated for his or her individual performance and contribution to the presentation.
30% - Closed book final examination with 3-4 essay style questions which are based on the required readings and class discussion.
40% - Final Paper-There will be one individual final research paper. Each student is required to write 4,000-4,500 word essay on a topic relevant to the course and the date to hand in the paper will be announced on the first day of class. No late exam is accepted and late papers will be marked down (one day late submission = half letter grade mark down).
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
Credits at host university: 2 credits
Contact hours: 32 total contact hours in classroom (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Professor Zhang Qing Min, Peking University
PKU’s Global Village: http://www.pkugv.com/english/index.asp
Students must arrive by 02/07/2017.
Students will be able to check in from 01/07/2017.
Check-out date 30/07/2017.
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RMB 9,000 (includes field trip).
PKU will offer four academic courses (PKU1, PKU2, PKU3 and PKU4) in the 2017 program. The package tuition fee of RMB 9,000 will cover up to two academic courses (from PKU1, PKU2, PKU3 and PKU4) for GSP student. If a GSP student wants to attend three academic courses, an additional tuition fee will apply (RMB 2,000 for one credit).
RMB 120-140 per day for a single room.Approximately RMB 4,000 in total plus returnable deposit of 500 RMB
Living ExpensesApproximately RMB 100 per day
ScholarshipsPKU offers up to 3 IARU students from each member school the funding of accommodation in the program from 01/07/17 to 30/07/17.