This page focuses on the course 17.408 Chinese Foreign Policy as it was taught by Professor M. Taylor Fravel in Fall 2013
This course explored the leading theoretical and methodological approaches to studying China’s interaction with the international system since 1949. Readings included books and articles that integrate the study of China’s foreign policy with the field of international relations.
Course Goals for Students
This was a graduate-level seminar. The main goal was to introduce students to the leading scholarship on China’s international relations.
Permission of the instructor
- H-Level Graduate Credit
- Can be applied toward a Master of Science in Political Science
- Can be applied toward a PhD in Political Science
17.408 is a small seminar course that is primarily taken by PhD and Master’s students in Political Science. Enrollment has ranged from 5-20.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met once a week for 2 hours per session; 11 sessions total; mandatory attendance.
- Active participation in the seminar was a requirement.
- To stimulate discussion, students were assigned as discussants each week.