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Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2017



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Course Description

Today, no bilateral relationship is as complex and important as the U.S.-China relations. This course covers the complexity of interactions between the United States and China over time. It will be both historical and contemporary. Its thematic thrust will be more practical and policy-oriented than theoretical. Readings, lectures, and discussion will focus on the historical evolution of the relationship and major functional arenas of interaction between the two nations.

There are no formal prerequisites for this course other than a strong interest in China and U.S. diplomacy, and a willingness to do the assigned readings. Students with background in China studies, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations will be well served.

This course has the following objectives: 1) To provide the historical context and factual basis for understanding U.S.-China relations; 2) To explore the specific policy issues that create conflict, or foster cooperation, between the two nations; and 3) To provide the students the opportunity to write concise, policy-oriented analyses and present such analyses effectively. By the end of the semester, students should have been familiar with key issues and debates involved in the study of U.S.-China relations. They should also have developed the essential skills to conduct critical analysis of the U.S.-China relations and to effectively communicate that analysis to the policy and academic community.