The Non-European World

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Course Content: 

The course deals with the political and international developments outside Europe with emphasis on the situation in East Asia. In particular, it examines the emergence of China as a global power from the end of the 20th century to the day, but also the impact and implications of this development in the wider East Asia and Pacific region. As the international significance of China increased over the last few decades, the course seeks to help students understand the historical foundations of modern China, the existing institutional and political context, and the ways in which the country's leadership and institutions have shaped and shape society, as well as the ways in which society responds. It also examines the foundations of the international reinforcement of the country, its social structures and its international economic presence as a global player. At the same time, the geopolitical parameters of this development are being analysed, particularly the impact of China's emergence on a regional dominant power for its wider neighborhood and its competition with the US - as well as China's position in the wider Pacific region. It also looks into the political and economic implications of China's new venture for the One Belt One Road initiative and its possible geopolitical consequences. Finally, the course analyzes the impact that the strengthening of forms of authoritarian government in the wider Asia will have on international politics.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course the students will: • Acquire a basic understanding of the role of the Chinese state in modern China and of its relationship with society • Understand the basic asepcts of the new geopolitical and economic developments in the wider region of East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim • Possess a general overview of other forms of political systems that dominate the region and sufficient knowledge of the main causes of their formation as well as their relationship with Western perceptions.