Not available in 2013/14
IR313      Half Unit
Managing China's Rise in East Asia

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jurgen Haacke


This course is available on the BSc in International Relations and BSc in International Relations and History. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available to General Course students.

Course content

The main focus of this class-based half-course on the contemporary international relations of East Asia is the management of China's rise. The course begins by exploring China's re-emergence as a major regional power, in part by discussing the economic, political and military dimensions of Chinese power, as well as the major aspects of its declaratory and substantive foreign and security policy. It also examines from different theoretical and political perspectives the implications that China's rise has been posing for East Asia. As regards the management of China's growing capabilities and influence, the course explores what political and security strategies vis-à-vis China have in turn been adopted by the key states that are either resident in or have a significant presence in the wider East Asia, such as the United States, Japan, Russia and India. The course explores the ways in which the management of China's rise has impacted on two key conflicts: the cross-Strait conflict and the conflict on the Korean peninsula, and the nature of the management of China's rise by states from continental and maritime Southeast Asia. It also examines how regional arrangements and institutional frameworks for dialogue and cooperation led by lesser regional states have served the management of China's rise. Concepts and theories from International Relations will be drawn upon as appropriate.


20 hours of classes in the MT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will write two essays with a maximum length of 2,000 words and present on class topics.

Indicative reading

Rex Li, A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009)
William A. Callahan, China the Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
Christopher R. Hughes, Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (Abingdon: Routledge, 2006).
David C. Kang, China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)
Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S. Ross, eds, Engaging China: The Management of an Emerging Power (London: Routledge, 1999)
Ming Wan, Sino-Japanese Relations: Interaction, Logic, and Transformation (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2006)
David Shambaugh, ed., Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)
Bill Emmott, Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade (London: Allen Lane, 2008).


Exam (100%, duration: 1 hour) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 15

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: Half Unit

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