China-US relations and Asian Security

Autumn 2018

China-US Relations and Asian Security, 5 ECTS

Organiser: University of Turku

Instructor: Dr Sanna Kopra


  • Autumn term 2018, 1.10 – 25.11.2018.

Course Description: East Asia has for decades been a haven of stability. Despite the historical grievances affecting the intra-regional relations politically, the economic interdependencies have made the region’s actors seek cooperation over conflict. However, there are signs of the situation changing. China’s actions in the East and South China Seas have become more assertive, the presidency of Donald Trump has introduced a heightened level of tension in China–US relations, and the nuclear and missile tests by North Korea have actualised the risk of a military confrontation in the region in an unprecedented manner. The course addresses the changing geo-political dynamics of Asia, with special focus on China-US relations and their influence on East and South East Asia.

Learning Outcomes:  After taking this course, students have basic understanding of the dynamics of Asian security, and how the China-US relations affect it.

 Taken as:

  • Online lectures
  • Course readings
  • Small writing assignments
  • Group discussions
  • Essay

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Application: to be announced. Go to application instructions.

The development of this course was enabled by a generous grant by the Joel Toivola Foundation.

Picture: By Iecs (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons