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The Rise of China

It seems that everyone is talking about the "rise of China" these days. Some people see this as an opportunity, while others see it as a challenge or potential threat to the U.S. Which is it? This seminar will help you to understand that it is a little of both.

The "Rise of China" seminar will help students to understand the policies and strategies that have driven China's emergence as a global power over the past 30 years. This seminar will also discuss the historical context behind China's rise and examine some of the economic, political, and security consequences of China's rapid growth.

Students learn best when they can experience the topic they are studying, not just read about it, and this seminar will provide experiential learning opportunities. We will visit a local Walmart to see some of the consequences of China's economic growth strategies, and we will have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant to gain insights into Chinese culture. Finally, the students will learn how difficult it is for the U.S. to develop an effective policy response to the rise of China by participating in a simulation exercise as members of the National Security Council.

Last updated: August 2, 2013