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IR5040   Emergent Great Powers

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Mondays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

This module provides a comparative analysis of the emergence of India and China as great powers within the international system. Focusing upon the factors integral to such a phenomenon (from both theoretical and historical perspectives), students will build up a comprehensive understanding of these two states' past, contemporary and future global significance. After an assessment of differing orientating concepts from IR theory, the module will evaluate key factors concerning how India and China measure up as great powers, leading to an evaluation of the future challenges these two states will ace as they define their emergent roles in the twenty-first century.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination =100%


Module coordinator: Dr C Zhang

Intended learning outcomes

  • India & China's international security dynamics and great power emergence;
  • the process of foreign policy-making in China & India;
  • the major issue facing India and China's regional / global policies;
  • the two states' increasing influence upon modern international relations; and
  • China & India's role in the disciplines of IR and comparative politics.