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Matthew G. Bartels
SISEA 459
Seattle Campus

United States-China Relations

Surveys the history of United States-China relations and examines the evolution of bilateral relations, particularly since 1949. Focus on the period since 1972 and the major issues as they have evolved since that time, including trade, human rights, security, and Taiwan. Offered: jointly with POL S 419.

Class description

The aim of this course is to introduce the history and contemporary dynamics of the relationship between China and the United States. In addition to gaining a deeper perspective about the sources of present issues, the course will try to draw particular attention to Chinese perspectives on the relationship.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is primarily a lecture course, though students will be expected to participate in period discussions related to the readings, lectures and current events.

Recommended preparation

Some previous knowledge of Chinese politics (such as SISEA449/PS442) is recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Students are expected to do all the readings & keep up-to-date on current events related to Sino-US relations. Participation in classroom discussions, a mid-term and final examination, and one paper (undergraduate, about 10 pages; graduates, about 15-20 pages) are the expected assignments.

(Approximate) Class Participation: 10% Mid-term 25%, Paper: 35% Final Exam 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Matthew G. Bartels
Date: 01/20/2000