CCCH9012 China: Culture, State and Society
China and World Order


Course Description

World order is shaped by the rise and fall of great powers in history. The rise of China in the 21st century will be one of such historic events reshaping world order. Measured in its comprehensive national capabilities, military power, and growing influence on a global scale, China is increasingly becoming a global power whose influence is felt in all corners of the world. However, the rise of China and its implications for future world order is often viewed with apprehension by the “outside world”. The aim of this course is to introduce new perspectives about China’s rise and its impacts on world order. The current debate over the rise of China has focused too much on how the world should perceive China’s rise and its possible implications for world order, and too little on how China is struggling to come to terms with its own rise. Indeed, the Chinese society, the state, core values and goals of foreign relations have undergone fundamental changes in the last three decades. The rise of China and the changing world order are mutually transformative.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze how world order is constructed in the international society and how the rise and fall of great powers in history have shaped world order.
  2. Examine the nature and course of China’s rising and how the rise of China can be measured in tangible and intangible variables, in hard power and soft power.
  3. Engage in the debate about different perspectives on the rise of China and its implications for world order, both from inside and outside of China.
  4. Analyze how China views its rise in the world, how China should come to terms with its own rise, and how the “outside world” and China’s domestic reforms are mutually transformative.
  5. Think critically on China-related issues.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self-study 36
Preparation of tutorials 24
Assessment: Essay writing 22
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 10
Total: 128

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Tutorial discussion and debate 50
Group presentation 20
Short essays 30

Required Reading

  • Jacques, M. (2012). When China rules the world: The end of the western world and the birth of a new global order. New York: Penguin Books.

Recommended Reading

  • Ikenberry, G. J. (2008, January/February). The rise of China and the future of the West. Foreign Affairs, 87(1), 23-37.
  • Kang, D. C. (2007). China rising: Peace, power, and order in East Asia. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Wang, G., & Zheng, Y. (2008). China and the new international order. London; New York: Routledge.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Professor R.W. Hu
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 2398
Email: rwxhu@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Professor R.W. Hu
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 2398
Email: rwxhu@hku.hk
Dr L. Kim
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
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