Master in International Relations

Shandong University

Program Description

Master in International Relations

Shandong University

Master in International Relations

TheMaster in International Relations is offered bySchool of Political Science and Public Administration (SPSPA), Shandong University.

SPSPA in Shandong University covers 2 general academic subjects: political science and public management. Now, the SPSPA has 4 academic departments--Political Science, International Politics, Public Administration and Scientific Socialism, and 5 research centres—Institute of Contemporary Socialism, Center for European Studies, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Institute of Political Party and Institute of Public Policy.

With the effort of all members, the SPSPA has made great progress in discipline development in recent years. It is authorized to run all doctoral degree programs within the general academic subject of political science. The SPSPA currently runs PhD programs in sub-disciplines including International Politics, Party Politics, Political Theory, and Scientific Socialism Study; MA programs in all sub-disciplines under the general academic subject of political science.

Academic research is the most important foundation for an institute’s development and discipline construction. The SPSPA has made remarkable achievements in this regard in recent years. Aside from their teaching tasks, academic staffs are organized through the 4 academic departments and 5 research centers. Over the past years, the SPSPA has established its leading or well-recognized position in China as well as abroad in areas of specialties such as European Politics and Society, Environment Politics, Regional Political Theory, Party Politics and Contemporary Socialism Study.

Core courses

1.Introduction to International Politics

This course will begin with basic elements of the study of international politics: actors, goals, means, consequences of state interactions and provides students with the background and conceptual tools they need to understand contemporary international politics.

2. Comparative Politics

This course aims to familiarize students with the basic concepts used in the study of comparative politics. Through the use of technology-mediated learning, we shall examine conceptual issues such as state building, governance, democratic transition, diverse forms of representation, election systems, political culture as well as a comparative look at different types of government institutions.

3. International Relations Theory

It is the goal of the course to introduce students systematically into the theory building of international relations by outlining the developments of different theory approaches, analyzing their basic ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions, and testing their validity through diverse case studies.

4. Foreign Policy Analysis

The objective of this course (FPA) is to introduce students to theories of foreign policy analysis, using a levels of analysis approach, and then to apply that theoretical framework in an analysis of case studies drawn primarily from the field of china’s foreign policy.

5. Diplomacy of Contemporary China

This course is designed to survey major topics of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It begins with a brief introduction of a historical review of China’s role of the pre-modern world. The main body of the courses includes: (1) the development of Chinese foreign policy after the founding of the PRC, (2) China’s foreign policy toward different kinds of countries or on different issues, (3) the domestic determinants and foreign policy decision-making in China, (4) current issues in and future of China’s foreign policy.

6. Sino-US Relations and the US Foreign Policy

This course explores the changing relations between PRC and the United States. One is the world’s sole surviving super-power, the other the world’s most populous and largest developing country. Following the chronological line, the course will focus on the ways in which China and America were involved with each other on political, military, economic, and cultural levels.

7. European International Relations

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the history of Europe since 1450, and to European integration theories and practices since 1945. The course is based on reading and the theory and practice of the construction of Europe is analysed within the framework of the theory and practice of international relations, of modernization and globalization.

8. East Asian International Relations

International relations course begins with a discussion of what constitutes the Asia Pacific region and examines the impact of Western and Japanese colonization on the region. It then moves on to the Cold War and post-Cold war periods tracing the changing geo-political trajectory of the nations that comprise the region. It then examines a range of bilateral relations covering some of the major powers in the region such as China, Japan, India and the United States.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
4 semesters
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Start date Sept. 2017
China Jinan
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