US-China relations and Asian Security

US-China Relations and Asian Security (3 or 5 ECTS)

Organiser: University of Turku / University Network for Asian Studies

Instructor: Niki Sopanen, University of Helsinki

Times: Autumn term 2019. Course starts October 1, 2019.

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

Contents: 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.

 Taken as:

  • Online lectures
  • Course readings
  • Small writing assignments
  • Group discussions
  • Essay
  • You can take this course either as 5 credits (complete everything from above) or with 3 credits (same but without the essay).

Application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019. Go to application instructions. This course does not have enrollment limits. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network.  Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

Available through the Open University at the University of Turku

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
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The development of this course was enabled by a generous grant by the Joel Toivola Foundation.

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