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This unit offers an introduction to the most important themes and issues in the international relations of China. Students will gain a basic understanding of how the major frameworks of international relations interpret the rise of China as a global power. It will focus on domestic, regional and international politics of China and its relations with the United States, Japan, the Koreas, the ASEAN states, the EU and Africa. The implications for Australian foreign policy of China's rising power and the new international relations will also be examined.

Summary 2021

Unit name China's Global Power
Unit code HIR203
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr Mark Harrison

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate different arguments on China’s global power.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge and research to analyse empirical cases of China’s growing influence in international relations.
  3. Communicate coherently in written and/or oral formats drawing upon evidence to support your argument.






Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HIR303HSA258, HMA258, HMA358, HSA358


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:         
Weekly lecture (2-hours)
Fortnightly tutorial

Off Campus:         
Web-based delivery of 13 lectures
Fortnightly online tutorial discussion


Task 1: Minor essay (10%)

Task 2: Major essay (40%)

Task 3: Tutorial participation (10%)

Task 4: Take-home exam (40%)

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