China’s Changing Global Role

China on the map

Autumn 2022

Application period:22.8. – 14.9.2022

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Amount of credits: 3 cr

Time: 3.10 – 10.12.2022

Organizer: University of Turku, Centre for East Asia Studies / University Network for Asian Studies

– Outi Luova, University lecturer, Centre for East Asia Studies, University of Turku
– Niki Sopanen (grading of learning diaries), Doctoral candidate, International relations, University of Helsinki

Goals: The aim of this course is to provide different scholarly perspectives to the very complex and contested issue of China’s changing global role.

Contents: China is regaining its position as a global power and it aims to become a leading power not only in the sphere of economy but also in technology, culture, and military strength. At the same, China is challenging existing norms of global governance and promoting new alternatives to the global economic and political system that have been built since the Second World War, mainly by Western countries. In this course, various Finnish experts address China’s changing global role from the angle of their own academic background. The course provides different approaches for the analysis of China’s rise.

The thematic modules cover the following topics:

  • China as a responsible power
  • China-US relations & conspiracy theories
  • China’s soft power
  • Tianxia-theory, and military strategies
  • China and global economic governance
  • China’s global technology strategies

 Taken as:

  • Online lectures, course readings and online materials.
  • Quiz on the contemporary history of China’s foreign relations
  • Learning diary. You can select four thematic modules out of the six modules, and write the learning diary based on them. Lenght of the learning diary: ca 1200 words per module.

Application process:

Students who hold a valid study right at University Network’s member university can take this course for free. This includes both degree students and exchange students.

Other students can apply to the course as external self-paying students of the University of Turku or via the Open University at the University of Turku.

This course has a maximum intake of 40 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities of the Network.

Go to application instructions by clicking here.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a  message about the decision. This will come a few weeks after the application period has ended. If you are accepted to the course, you will receive a welcoming email on the first day of the course, and gain access to the course site in the Moodle. The welcome email comes to the address you have given in the application form. It may go to the spam or offers-folder of your email (at least gmail tends to do it), so check those folders too.