Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2015



Course Number

DIPL 6601 NA

Course Description

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, as it is vital to understand the historical context of more recent Sino-American relations. 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, the global and regional context, the impact of mutual perceptions, several functional arenas of interaction between the two nations, and prospects for the future.

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 Chinese affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and the international relations of East Asia will be well-served.

This course has the following objectives: 1) To provide an 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.