Course Code


Course Name

Global China


Monday 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:15pm


Monday: WMY 408
Wednesday: CYT 202


Prof. Wang Xiaoxuan

Teaching Assistant


Course Description

This course introduces the historical trajectory and contemporary development of China since the 20th century, situating it in the context of globalization. Through a variety of perspectives, including international relations, migration, economics, and culture, among others, this course underscores not only China’s global ascension, but more importantly, how it is increasingly embedded in the rest of the world. This multidisciplinary study aims to provide students with a nuanced understanding of China’s rise and its global implications, equipping them with the knowledge necessary for informed discussions of China’s role in the global landscape.

Learning Goals

  • Have a basic knowledge of China’s historical trajectory since the 20th century and contemporary development.
  • Have a basic understanding of how the modern world has shaped China and how China has shaped the modern world.
  • Acquired basic skills in reading, summarizing, and analyzing documents.
  • Acquired basic skills in writing academic papers.

Course Outline

Week 1. Introduction: China and the Word

January 8 and 10


Week 2.  “Century of Humiliation” and the Communist Revolution  

January 15 and 17


Week 3. China, Cold War and Its Legacies

January 22 and 24


Week 4. Reform China and Global Economic Order

January 29 and 31


Week 5. Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese Dream 

February 5 and 7


Week 6. China in Africa: South-South Cooperation or New Imperialism? 

February 19 and 21


Week 7. Confucius Institute and Its Conundrum

February 26 and 28


Week 8.  Globalization of Chinese Food 

March 11 and 13


Week 9. Chinese Diasporas/Overseas  

March 18 and 20


Week 10. Decoupling, De-risking or else—China and the West

March 25 and 27


Week 11. China and Environmental Change

April 8 and 10


Week 12. Conclusion  

April 15 and 17


Term Paper: due on April 20


Assessment & Assignments

  1. Class participation (30%)
  2. Four reading journals (10% each – 40% in total)
  3. The term paper (30%)

Honesty in Academic Work

We encourage students to exchange ideas and share resources on assignments for this course. But you have to make sure that any written work you submit is the result of your own research and writing, reflecting your own understanding and thinking about a topic. The University adopts a policy of zero tolerance on academic dishonesty. “Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University.” All students need to be familiar with the University’s policy on academic honesty, which can be found at:

In addition, students should also familiarize themselves with the University’s guidelines on the use of AI tools and exercise caution accordingly: