Singapore University of Social Sciences

China's Rise and Its Implications

China's Rise and Its Implications (CCS253)

Applications Open: 01 October 2022

Applications Close: 30 November 2022

Next Available Intake: January 2023

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378

Area of Interest: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CCS253 China’s Rise and Its Implications charts the trajectory of China’ ascendance to great power status on the world stage. Contrasting views of China’s emergence are foregrounded as we trace the evolution of China’s foreign policy from 1949 to the 21st century. After understanding who and what shape today’s Chinese foreign policy, we will examine China’s role in the UN and WTO, how China has sought to enhance its international standing through both hard and soft power, as well as the territorial issues and transnational challenges that a rising China has to grapple with. Finally, we will discuss the nature of Chinese power before concluding with the implications of China's rise for international order and stability.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • China: Peaceful Rise or Threat?
  • From Sinocentrism to the Western International System
  • The Cold War and Its End
  • Foreign Policy Making in the Reform Era
  • Who Makes Chinese Foreign Policy
  • China in International Institutions I
  • China in International Institutions II
  • China in International Institutions III
  • Hard Power: Military Build-up
  • Soft Power or the Lack Thereof
  • Concept of Security and National Interest
  • The Taiwan Issue
  • The Tibet Question: Internationalization and Stalemate
  • China’s Rise and World Order

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge in who and what shapes Chinese foreign policy;
  • Apply international relations concepts and theories in explaining China’s place in the world;
  • Discuss the relationship between China’s domestic politics and its foreign policy;
  • Analyse how China seeks to expand its hard and soft power;
  • Appraise the impact and implications of China’s rise;
  • Develop and present arguments on the nature of China’s rise.
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