POL2026 - Chinese Foreign Politics


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Modern China’s rise started arguably with its opening and reform policies in the late 1970s. Since then, it has become increasingly influential, at the beginning as economic actor and later also a player in international politics. In this seminar, we will investigate the mechanisms and processes of China’s foreign policymaking, the country’s diplomatic strategies and perspectives in foreign policy, and its various foreign relations with countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. We will also study how these countries see China and formulate and implement their China policies accordingly. In addition, we will look at China’s (and Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s) role in international organisations and regimes, such as the United Nations and its organisations, the World Trade Organisation, and international treaties. By looking closely at the fascinating country example of China, we will also exercise methods of foreign policy analysis and study foreign policy theories. Both will help the students to become more proficient in foreign policy analysis in general and help them to analyse other countries’ foreign policies systematically.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge of how foreign policy is formulated and implemented in China
  • have knowledge of the impact of China’s engagement in different regions of the world
  • have knowledge about the important theories explaining foreign policy
  • have knowledge about the methods for studying a country’s foreign policy

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • learn how to apply the methods of foreign policy analysis
  • treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which fulfils the requirements for scientific writing.
  • orally discuss and reflect over one's own written work and the themes which were taken up during teaching.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: 2 hours of lectures per week and supervison of project work. The language of instruction is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation of term paper

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Assignment. Length of assignment: 3000 words (8 pages)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Given at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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