17.408 | Fall 2013 | Graduate

Chinese Foreign Policy

Instructor Insights

Course Overview

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 Outcomes

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.

Curriculum Information


Permission of the instructor

Requirements Satisfied

Student Information

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.

Out of Class

  • Weekly readings were assigned to prepare for each class session.
  • Students had to complete one research paper on a topic of their choice.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2013
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples
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