Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3202: China in World Affairs

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Part I: Analytical framing: theory, concepts and history

The first section examines the main theoretical and conceptual frameworks to interpret China’s foreign policy and global engagement. We will also consider the role of history and how key historical developments have shaped China’s international relations.

Part II: China’s evolving relations with the world

The second section examines China’s key relationships at the bilateral, regional and global level.

Part III: China’s role in global governance

The third section adopts a thematic and case-study analysis of China’s role in global governance. We will examine the extent to which China is supporting, resisting or establishing alternatives to the existing global governance architecture.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4422 x 2 hours seminars
Guided Independent Study80Seminar preparation: complete assigned readings and other possible tasks
Guided Independent Study140Essay preparation: researching, reading and writing the essays
Guided Independent Study36Presentation preparation: researching, reading, and written and oral presentation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).