Global China: Governance and Sustainability


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


  •  for students to acquire a nuanced understanding of selected themes related to China’s rapid development and changing position in a global setting, with a special emphasis on issues related to governance, varying development trajectories and sustainability.  

  • To practice selecting and applying relevant theoretical perspectives to cases related to Global China, e.g. global and local responses to climate change, Chinese domestic and international migration, Chinese businesses and markets in a global context, or China’s relationship with specific countries or regions, i.e. the EU, the United States of America, Africa, Latin America, or China’s East Asian neighbors. 


The module focuses on a selection of themes related to China’s changing role in the world. It addresses how Chinese state as well as non-state actors respond to global and local challenges related to for instance economic growth, governance, digitalization and sustainability.  

Learning objectives


  • selected topics related to Chinese international engagements including both official and informal relations with a special focus on economic and sustainability related issues  

  • knowledge of relevant theoretical approaches to China’ role in the world 


  • can use their knowledge about 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 reliable sources of information regarding China’s global engagement including digital sources 

  • can analyse, interpret and contextualise issues related to sustainability, economic development, and governance with a China focus from an interdisciplinary perspective. 


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge 

  • can work independently on analyzing concrete cases within international and regional institutions and companies involved in cooperation or trade with China 

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars with a variety of exercises and student contributions. 



Name of examGlobal China: Governance and Sustainability
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination for Global China: Governance and Sustainability is an internally assessed individual written examination. The examination is a 72-hour take-home assignment comprising issues within the subject area of the module. The assignment paper must not exceed 8 pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGlobal China: Governance and Sustainability
Module code2022IR12
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities