POLS 395-3: CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY
Dr. Y.K. Wang
Office: Zulauf 416
Office Hours: M & W , and by appointment
This is an
introductory course to the foreign relations of the People’s Republic of
In this course, we
will examine major events involving Chinese foreign policy and analyze
competing explanations. The course explores multiple accounts of events and challenges
students to think critically and come up with the most compelling explanation.
By doing so, the course encourages students to apply the theoretical approaches
of international relations to the study of foreign policy. Topics include the
Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, rapprochement with the
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
the major issues and events involving
the implications of
Two books are required for this course:
Chen, Jian. Mao's
Nathan, Andrew J.,
and Robert S. Ross. The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress:
These books should be available for purchase at the NIU Bookstore. They will also be put on 2-hour reserve at Founders Memorial Library. Other required articles or book chapters can be found on the course’s Blackboard website.
Class Participation 15%
Research Paper Assignment 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 30%
Class participation, including both attendance and classroom discussion, constitutes 15% of your final grade. Attendance is mandatory. You will not do well if you regularly miss class. Students who are found to have missed five class sessions or more will receive “zero” for their participation grade. In addition to attendance, I encourage you to participate in discussion and will add points to your participation grade if you actively contribute to discussion.
You must have completed all the readings before each class. I have tried to select readings that are easy to understand, but it is your responsibility to obtain and read them. To encourage this process, there will be five unannounced reading quizzes throughout the semester. However, your lowest score will be dropped, so only the four best quizzes will count toward the 15% of your final grade. These quizzes are short and straightforward, designed to test your understanding of the assigned readings. You should find them easy if you have done the readings. Make-up quizzes will not be allowed. If you miss one quiz, make sure you take the other four.
The research paper assignment constitutes 20% of your final grade. You will choose from a list of questions to be handed out in class. Your paper should have a central argument and must use citations. Citation format is open as long as it is consistent. The paper should be 5-7 pages in length, double-spaced, and use size-12 font. The assignment is due at the beginning of class on April 16. Ten percent of the paper grade will be deducted for each day the paper is late.
The midterm exam will be held in class on March 7 and constitutes 20% of your final grade. The final exam will be held in class on May 7 and constitutes 30% of your final grade. The final will not be cumulative and will instead cover only the materials after the midterm. The exam will consist of identification questions and short essays. Prior to each exam, I will hand out study guides that help you prepare for it.
Your total points will be averaged and converted to letter grades according to the following grading scale:
90% to 100% = A
80% to 89% = B
70% to 79% = C
60% to 69% = D
0% to 59% = F
1. Make-up Exams: A make-up exam will only be given in extraordinary circumstances. You must inform me as soon as possible before the scheduled exam. Requests without prior notification and documented evidence will not be accepted and will result in a zero grade for the exam.
2. Classroom Etiquette: Please be courteous and respectful of others while in class. For example, attend class on time; turn off cell phones, pagers, or anything that makes noises; do not leave class early; etc.
3. Extra Credit: Extra credit assignments will not be given on an individual basis; maintaining equity for everyone is crucial.
4. Academic Misconduct: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. The NIU Undergraduate Catalog states: “students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging them. Students guilty of, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university.” Additionally, do not submit a paper written for another course, or vice versa. Write a different paper for every class you take. “Double-dipping” is strictly prohibited and will result in a zero for your paper grade. If you have questions, consult with the instructor before submitting your paper
Most of the communication for this course will be conducted through the university’s Blackboard Course Server. This course website can be accessed only by students enrolled in this course. The URL for Blackboard is http://webcourses.niu.edu. Login to Blackboard with your student Z-ID and password. For login questions go to http://www.helpdesk.niu.edu/ and click on “Blackboard” or contact ITS at 753-8100. The system uses your NIU student webmail account. If you wish to receive course-related e-mails at another address, you need to forward mail from your NIU account to another account. Learn how to do this on the ITS helpdesk home page (http://www.its.niu.edu/its/helpdesk/webmail_students.shtml).
Statement Concerning Students with Disabilities: NIU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which mandates reasonable accommodations be provided for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional or examination accommodation, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate in providing accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR), the designated office on campus to provide services and administer exams with accommodations for students with disabilities. The CAAR office is located on the 4th floor of the University Health Services building (815-753-1303). I look forward to talking with you soon to learn how I may be helpful in enhancing your academic success in this course.
Undergraduate Writing Awards: The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding undergraduate papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies. Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing. Winners are expected to attend the Department’s spring graduation ceremony where they will receive a certificate and $50.00. Papers, which can be submitted by students or faculty, must be supplied in triplicate to a department secretary by March 1. All copies should have two cover pages-one with the student’s name and one without the student’s name. Only papers written in the previous calendar year can be considered for the award.
Department of Political Science Web Site: Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult the Department of Political Science web site on a regular basis. This up-to-date, central source of information will assist students in contacting faculty and staff, reviewing course requirements and syllabi, exploring graduate study, researching career options, tracking department events, and accessing important details related to undergraduate programs and activities. To reach the site, go to http://polisci.niu.edu.
(Any changes will be announced in class or on Blackboard)
January 17 Course Overview
January 22 Legacies of History and Geography
January 24 The
Chinese Civil War and the Cold War in
January 29 The
Rise of the Sino-Soviet
January 31 The Korean War
February 5 The Sino-Soviet Split
February 7 The Two
February 14 The Strategic Triangle and Sino-American Normalization
February 19 Foreign Policy Decision-Making
February 26 Foreign Economic Relations in the Era of Reform
February 28 ISA Conference (No Class)
March 5 Catch Up and Review
March 7 Midterm Exam ()
Week 9 Spring Break (No Class)
March 19 Tiananmen and Human Rights
March 21 Territorial Integrity
March 26 Regional Engagement and “Charm Offensive”
April 11 The
Research Paper Assignment Due
April 23 Energy Security
April 25 Sovereignty and International Peacekeeping
April 30 China’s Challenge to the World
May 2 Conclude and Review
May 7 Final Exam ()