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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Topics covered in the course include:
- China's historical presence in SEA to 1978
- China's international politics in SEA from 1978
- Vietnam and Cambodia: Client relationships
- Burma: Asymmetric relationships
- Singapore: A model for the future?
- Indonesia: Dealing with the 1960s
- South China Sea Policy Simulation
- Relations with ASEAN
- Other powers, China and SEA
- A SEA Chinese diaspora?
- Alternative ideas of Asia

What to expect from the course:
Historical and contemporary discussion of China's engagement with SEA incorporating theoretical and critical perspectives. Classes follow a mixed format of short talks, discussions and group work.

What is expected from you:
To prepare the requested reading and contribute to discussions in class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical and contemporary narrative of China's engagement with SEA.
  2. Explain developments in China's relation with specific countries in SEA and ASEAN.
  3. Understand different theoretical explanations of China-SEA relations.
  4. Apply, criticize and evaluate different explanations of China-SEA relations.
  5. Produce explanations for current developments in China-SEA relations.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Daniel Hammond
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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