Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM151: Great Power Relations between the United States and China

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Uneasy War Allies

Who Lost China?

US-China Tensions in the Cold War

Human Rights as a Source of Tension

Strategic & Security Issues

Economic Relations: China’s Rise and US Decline

New Challenges and the American Pivot to Asia

The Future of US-China Relations

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211×2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study100Reading
Guided Independent Study178completion of coursework

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).