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0_10_spring_CFP_syllabus - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Department...

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Department of Political Science Political Science W4871y CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY Spring 2010 MW 2:40-3:55 501 Schermerhorn Prof. Andrew J. Nathan [email protected] 931 IAB 854-6909 Office Hours: Wed. 1-2:30 and by appointment Teaching Fellows: Xian Huang [email protected] Yao Lin [email protected] Leanne Tyler [email protected] Joel Wuthnow [email protected] Purposes . The course describes the major elements of Chinese foreign policy today, in the context of their development since 1949. We seek to understand the security-based rationale of policy as well as other factors – organizational, cultural, perceptual, and so on – that influence Chinese foreign policy. We analyze decision-making processes that affect Chinese foreign policy, China’s relations with various countries and regions, Chinese policy toward key functional issues in international affairs, how the rise of China is affecting global power relations, and how other actors are responding. The course pays attention to the application of international relations theories to the problems we study, and also takes an interest in policy issues facing decision-makers in China as well as those facing decision-makers in other countries who deal with China. Requirements . The course grade will be based on two take-home examinations and two essays. The essays should be 5-7 pages long and may be of the following kinds: (a) A critical book review. The critical essay will address two books not on the course list, chosen in consultation with the instructor or TFs. Please see the attached list for some suggestions, but you may also propose books that are not on the list. (You can also use a book of which no more than two chapters are assigned in the course syllabus.) The essay should avoid summarizing the material in the books, and should offer an independent consideration of the issues the books discuss and a critique of the authors’ analyses. (b) An explorations paper, which looks at a topic of interest to you, based on published works and/or websites. We have in mind topics which are not adequately covered in the course reading, and on which you would like more information. We want to learn what information you have gathered, but we also want to know why you think the issue is important, what conclusions you have provisionally drawn from the information you have gathered and, as appropriate, what you think are the biases or inadequacies of the sources that you used. 1
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(c) A policy paper, which recommends a policy for China in some domain or which recommends a policy toward China in some domain for some other international actor (a government, NGO, multinational organization, etc.). A policy paper should be addressed to a specific actor (e.g., president, secretary of state, members of congress), should propose policies that are feasible for that actor, and should appeal to that actor’s interests. You may wish to run your ideas past the instructor or a TF first in order to be
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