The objective of the module is:
To provide students with a basic understanding of Chinese history, culture and contemporary political and social development and to introduce the students to a selection of relevant theoretical perspectives commonly applied in Chinese area studies
To provide the students with a solid understanding of China’s foreign policy and international relations linking this to domestic socio-political development as well as contemporary Chinese self-understanding and worldview(s) and addressing how and why China has reached its status within the international system today
To allow students to work independently with China-related issues and enable them to analyze contemporary Chinese society and international engagement from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The module includes themes within China’s socio-political transformation, including traditions in China’s political and social history and the transitions in Chinese society after the beginning of the reform period, thereby informing a discussion of Chinese self-perception, Chinese perceptions of the world and global perceptions of China. This is used as the basis for understanding Chinese foreign policy and China’s engagement in global institutions, applying Chinese as well as Western perspectives and theoretical frameworks, and discussing how digital platforms affect domestic and international political engagement.
Major trends in Chinese history and socio-political development as well as Chinese culture and worldview(s)
Selected theoretical approaches within the field of Chinese area studies
Chinese contemporary foreign policy and global engagement
Awareness of different interpretations of the political and social development trajectories of contemporary China
Can apply their knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories.
Can identify and evaluate relevant English language information on contemporary Chinese politics and society including information from digital sources.
Can analyse, interpret and contextualise China’s international engagement from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective
Can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge while respecting different perspectives
Can use their understanding of contemporary Chinese society and global engagement to work professionally in a China-related context.
The module consists of lectures and seminars as well as exercises and student contributions.
|Name of exam||Global China: Politics and institutions|
|Type of exam|
Active participation/continuous evaluationThe requirements for active participation will be determined by the module coordinator.
Any re-exam will be an 8-hour individual written exam. Maximum length: 3 standard pages.
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||Global China: Politics and institutions|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|