Course Time: Tuesday 5-6 (11:45am-1:40pm) and Thursday 6 (12:50pm-1:40pm)
Course place: MAT 18
Office Hours: Tuesday (1:40pm-2:30 pm) and Thursday (1:40pm-2:30pm)
Course Objectives This course will examine U.S.-China relations and Chinese foreign policy. It counts toward the program of the IR certificate if you are pursuing one. It will also be helpful for students considering doing senior honor theses or going to graduate school in the social sciences in general and China studies in particular. Before the spring break, we will primarily discuss the historical backdrop before the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, including the Chinese tribute system, the Chinese treaty system following the Opium War, the U.S. policy of Open Door, and U.S. relations with Communist China. Shortly before the spring break, we will begin a number of contemporary topics, including U.S. China policy after Tiananmen, China’s WTO accession, the rise of China, China’s use of force in territorial disputes, relations between China and Taiwan, Chinese soft power, U.S.-China economic relations, and Chinese economic statecraft in Asia.
Readings There is only one required textbook:
Warren I. Cohen, America’s Response to China, fifth edition, New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.
There are additional readings, including book chapters and journal articles. Book chapters, in PDF, are placed on firstname.lastname@example.org for you to download, while it is the student’s responsibility to locate journal papers via the library’s website or the internet. Readings may be added or deleted as we proceed during the semester.
Course Requirements Research paper: Students will develop an original research paper over the course of the semester. It can be about U.S.-China relations or Chinese foreign policy in general or toward a country or a region (for example, Japan). But it CANNOT be about U.S. foreign policy toward countries other than China. You can choose any time periods, from imperial China to the present, for your research. Topics about Chinese domestic politics are also acceptable.
The first step toward your final paper is to write a 1-2 page proposal stating the puzzle you wish to answer, which can be summarized in a single question. The other details in the proposal should explain why this is a puzzle and how you might research it. To come up with a research puzzle, you can refer to academic journals (e.g. China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, International Security, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Perspectives, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, and so on). Your proposal is due on January 29. After submitting your proposal, you cannot change your research topics without my approval. You should talk to me about your thoughts on your paper at least once in person during my office hours. The second step is to provide a preliminary bibliography of 12-15 scholarly works that will likely be discussed in your final paper. Also include a brief (1-2 sentences) description of why each one may be useful for your final paper. This assignment is intended to make sure you are off to a good start in finding sources. It is due on February 26.
The third step is to write a 7-9 page literature review on your research question. You should address what approaches or perspectives have been used by the literature. You should also address their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, you explain what approach or perspective you will use and why. The literature review, after revision, should be a part of your final paper. It is due on March 28.
The body of your final paper should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages, in twelve-point font, with one-inch margins, including tables and footnotes (but not bibliography). Please use the parenthetical citation style that is standard in political science. Your final paper is due Friday, April 26 at 11:00 am, in my office.
Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of two points (that is, two percent of the total grade for the course) per day. Deadline extensions will be granted only under special circumstances and only if requested prior to the deadline.
Attendance and participation:Attendance will be taken randomly, with an attendance sheet passed around for you to sign. Your grade will be reduced by 0.5 points off your final grade for each absence. Absences will be excused only when you have a documented medical excuse or non-medical emergency. You are also expected to participate in class discussions. 15 percent of your final grade will be based on your participation (only participation, not including attendance). You are expected to read all of the assigned materials before coming to class.
Grades: The breakdown of the final grade for the course is as follows:
Research proposal 10% (pass-fail)
Bibliography 10% (pass-fail)
Literature review 25%
Final paper 40%
Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A 93-100 points C 73-76
A- 90-92 C- 70-72
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 83-86 D 63-66
B- 80-82 D- 60-62
C+ 77-79 E Below 60
Students requesting classroom accommodations for disabilities must register with the Dean of Students Office and provide documentation from this office. All students are required to abide by the University’s Academic Honesty Guidelines, which are available at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/academic/php
January 8 (T)
Andrew J. Nathan and Robert S. Ross, “Chapter 1: China’s Place in the World,” in The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security, pp. 3-18.
Chinese Culture: Defensive or Offensive?
January 15 (T)
Nathan and Ross, “Chapter 2: Legacies,” pp. 19-34.
Alastair Iain Johnston, “Chapter 3: Chinese Strategic Culture and the Parabellum Paradigm,” in Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History, pp. 22-31, 61-108. You can skip pp. 73-93.
Chinese Strategic Culture continued.
The Chinese Tribute System
January 22 (T)
John K. Fairbank, “A Preliminary Framework,” in John K. Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order: Traditional China’s Foreign Relations, pp. 1-19.
Mark Mancall, “The Ch’ing Tribute System: An Interpretative Essay,” in Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order, pp. 63-89.
John E. Wills, Jr., “Ch’ing Relations with the Dutch,” in Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order, pp. 225-256.