Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2023



Course Number

DIIPL 4601

Course Description

The relationship between the United States and China is among the most important of the twenty-first century. This course will unpack, update, and explain the complexities of interactions between the two countries. It will be both historical and contemporary. Its thematic thrust will be more practical and policy-oriented than theoretical. Readings, lectures, and discussions will focus on the historical evolution of the relationship and major functional arenas of interaction between the two nations.

This course aims to achieves the following objectives:1) Provide historical and domestic context, coupled with a factual foundation, to understand U.S.-China relations;2) Explore specific policy issues that either create conflict or foster cooperation between the two nations; and 3) Offer students the opportunity to write concise, policy-oriented analyses. By the end of the semester, students should be familiar with the key issues and debates central to the study of U.S.-China relations. Additionally, they should have developed the essential skills for conducting critical analyses of the U.S.-China relations and effectively conveying that analysis to both policy and academic communities.