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Postgraduate Course: China and South East Asian International Relations (ASST11086)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the historical and contemporary issues relating to China¿s role in South East Asia (SEA). Students will first build up their knowledge related to China's engagement with SEA covering the impact the Ming treasure fleets, the tributary system, cross cultural contacts; through to the more recent issues of exporting revolution, the non-aligned movement, and the impact of China's opening up. The second part of the course looks at the bilateral relations between China and four states in SEA. These are chosen because they highlight different historical interactions and different contemporary issues. The final section of the course engages with current 'hot' topics related to China and SEA. These range from specific concerns within one policy sphere, maritime security for example, to more general trends in international politics such as the growing significance of China and India's relations and the impact this will have on SEA.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- To build a solid understanding of the historical and contemporary narrative of China's engagement with SEA.
- To engage with the specific context, issues and dynamics of China's bilateral relations with a number of SEA states.
- To understand and be articulate in discussing the current political, economic, social and cultural issues relating to China's engagement with SEA.
- To understand and be articulate in discussing particular issues relating to China and SEA politics, security and economics
- To be familiar with the workings and impact of ASEAN, to understand China's engagement with the organisation.
- To develop knowledge of sources on China and SEA, develop ability to critically assess this material.
- To develop oral presentation skills and academic writing skills.
Assessment Information
4000 word essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus History 1: 'Empire' - Did China have a historical presence in SEA?

History 2: 'Cold War' - Balancing Bandung with Maoism: Unworkable?

Burma - What are the implications of the Myitsone dam cancellation?

Singapore - What influence does Singapore have on China?

Vietnam - Sino-Vietnamese relations: On course for a clash?

Indonesia - How have Indonesian views of China changed since the 1950s?

ASEAN - Why is China so keen to engage with ASEAN?

China & India - China & India: A threat to stability?

South China Sea - Why has the South China Sea continued to be such a contentious issue?

Maritime security - How have concerns about the security of the Straits of Malacca affected China's policy in the region?

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list - Dreyer, June Teufel, China's Political System: Modernization and Tradition (Longman, 2010)
- Saich, Tony, Governance and Politics of China, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2010)
- Percival, Bronson, The Dragon Looks South: China and Southeast Asia in the New Century (Praeger Publishers Inc, 2007)
- CRS Report for Congress, China-Southeast Asia Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications for the United States.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 hour weekly lecture/seminar
Course organiserDr Daniel Hammond
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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