SLL20050 EU-China Relations

Academic Year 2017/2018

This module examines contemporary relations between China and the European Union. It will be of interest to students of Business, History, Social Sciences and Modern Languages - and anyone intending to engage with China in their future career.

The EU is China's biggest trading partner, and China is the EU's second biggest trading partner. At the same time, both European and Chinese governments face domestic economic and security challenges, concerns about democratic legitimacy, and the temptations of populist nationalism. This module examines China's economic and strategic relations with the EU. It analyses the political and social implications of societal level interactions, as globalisation and migration are reshaping what it means to be Chinese and European. It also assesses the impact of Brexit upon EU-China relations. The module can be taken in conjunction with Encountering China SLL 20040 (Semester 1) on the history of European interaction with China.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Understand the various forms of contemporary interaction between EU countries and China.
- Evaluate the sources of agreement and disagreement in the EU's relationship with China.
- Examine the relationship in the light of domestic concerns faced by both China and European states.
- Analyse the political and social implications of increased migration and societal level interactions between Europe and China.
- Present arguments with clarity and confidence in written and spoken form.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Encountering China SLL 30100 (Semester 1) useful but not essential.
Some Mandarin language ability useful but not essential.

Description % of Final Grade Timing
Essay: 2500 words max (in English)


Coursework (End of Trimester)
Presentation: Critical introduction of the week's readings


Varies over the Trimester
Assignment: Class role play


Week 6
Continuous Assessment: Class participation


Throughout the Trimester
Attendance: Attendance


Throughout the Trimester


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible. The resit consists of an essay (2500 words max), to be submitted in week 12 of the following semester, as well as an oral exam.