University of Toronto
2015 Summer Program in Shanghai/Beijing, China
Transforming Global Politics:
Comparative and Chinese Perspectives
May 4 to May 14, 2015 (Shanghai)
May 18 to May 22, 2015 (Beijing)
Professor Joseph Wong
Political Science, University of Toronto
Set against the backdrop of the rise of China, this course examines the dynamics of global change from
comparative and Chinese perspectives. The course will begin with a brief theoretical introduction to the
study of international relations. Topical themes include international security, political economy and
development, global governance, cities and local governance, among others. Each day (from 9 am to 3
pm) will comprise two lectures (one from Professor Wong, followed by another from a Fudan faculty
member) and discussion. The course will be taught as a “seminar,” thus class discussion and engagement
among students and faculty are an integral part of the learning experience. Each theme will be discussed
from both broadly comparative and Chinese perspectives.
09:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Lecture by Professor Joseph Wong
Class discussion
Lecture by Fudan Faculty Member
Class discussion
Reaction Papers: Students are required to write three (3) one-page (single-spaced,
approximately 350-400 words) reaction papers; each reaction paper will address the readings
and discussion for one day’s class. These are to be handed in the day after the specific class
meeting. Students will choose which days’ readings and discussion they wish to write about.
These are not to be summaries of readings and discussion, but rather critical analysis and
reactions to the readings and class discussion. Each reaction paper will be worth 10%, totaling
Shanghai Field Work Paper: Throughout the first week of class (and weekend), students will
be required to visit sites in Shanghai. They will be free to engage whatever sites they choose.
Students will be required to write a short two-page (single spaced, approximately 800 words)
paper which reflects upon and addresses the following question: What are the historical and
contemporary bases of Shanghai cosmopolitanism? These are to be handed in on Tuesday
May 12 at the beginning of class. A supplementary reading list (not required readings) will be
circulated in advance of students’ departure from Toronto. This paper is worth 20%.
Beijing Reflective Travel Log: Students (primarily U of T students) will be traveling to Beijing
during the week of May 18 to May 22. While there, students will be visiting important
historical sites (Tiantan, Tiananmen, the Forbidden City, etc.), cultural sites (museums,
galleries, etc.) as well as attend lectures and workshops (in the past, at the Canadian Embassy,
Tsinghua University, CASS, etc.). Students will be responsible for writing a reflective travel
log / journal during their time in Beijing, which will comprise daily reflections on the
following question: What does the rise of China mean for international society? Students are
to write approximately 500 words per day, totaling five days (Monday through Friday). The
travel log will be worth 30% and will be submitted to Professor Wong upon the students’
return to Canada.
Class Discussion: 20%
Final Grade Breakdown:
Reaction Papers (three of them @ 10% each)
Shanghai Field Work Paper (due on May 15)
Beijing Reflective Travel Log (due date TBA)
Class Discussion
Students are expected to complete readings prior to the class meeting. Lectures will not necessarily
mirror the topics covered in the assigned readings. Students are expected to read approximately 40-60
pages for each class. Reaction papers are due at the beginning of each class. Reading packets will be
available in advance of students’ departure to Shanghai.
The following reading focuses on Shanghai cosmopolitanism and will be helpful for students in
completing the Shanghai Field Work Paper.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Global Shanghai 1850-2010: A History in Fragments (Routledge, 2009).
Please note: Themes/dates may change.
Field Trips – TBC
Monday May 4
Introduction: The Rise of China
Chinese speaker: TBA
Jack Levy, “Power Transition Theory and the Rise of China,” in Robert Ross and Zhu Feng, eds.,
China’s Ascent (Cornell University Press, 2008), pp. 11-33
Lichao He, “Ready to Become a Great Power? The Recent Nationalist Movement and China’s
Evolving National Identity,” Journal of International and Area Studies (Vol. 16, No. 2, 2009), pp. 53-70
Evan Medeiros, “Beijing, the Ambivalent Power,” Current History (2009), pp. 250-256
Tuesday May 5
Global Political Economy: Theories and Issues
Chinese speaker: TBA
John Ravenhill, “The Study of the Global Political Economy,” in Ravenhill, ed., Global Political
Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 3-26
Andreas Pickel, “False Oppositions: Reconceptualizing Economic Nationalism in a Globalizing
World,” in Eric Helleiner and Andreas Pickel, eds., Economic Nationalism in a Globalizing World
(Cornell University Press, 2005), pp. 1-20
Gregory Chin and Eric Helleiner, “China as a Creditor: A Rising Financial Power?” Journal of
International Affairs (Vol. 62, No. 1, 2008), pp. 87-102
Wednesday May 6
The Developmental State
Chinese speaker: TBA
Chalmers Johnson, “The Developmental State: Odyssey of a Concept,” in Meredith WooCumings, ed. The Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 1999), pp. 32-60
Robert Wade, Governing the Market (Princeton University Press, 1991), pp. 8-33
Thursday May 7
Soft Power
Chinese speaker: TBA
Readings: TBA
Friday May 8
China’s Foreign Relations
Chinese speaker: TBA
Qin Yaqing and Wei Ling, “Structures, Processes and the Socialization of Power: East Asian
Community Building and the Rise of China,” in Ross and Feng, eds., China’s Ascent (Cornell
University Press, 2008), pp. 115-140
David Shambaugh et al., “From Honeymoon to Marriage: Prospects for the China-Europe
Relationship,” in Shambaugh et al, eds., China-Europe Relations: Perceptions, Policies and Prospects
(Routledge, 2007), pp. 303-338
Robert Art, “The United States and the Rise of China: Implications for the Long Haul,” in Ross
and Feng, eds., China’s Ascent (Cornell University Press, 2008), pp. 260-290
Monday May 11
Global Environmental Governance
Chinese speaker: TBA
Steven Bernstein and Maria Ivanova, “Institutional Fragmentation and Normative Compromise in
Global Environmental Governance,” in Steven Bernstein and Louis Pauly, eds., Global Liberalism
and Political Order: Towards a New Grand Compromise (SUNY Press, 2007), pp. 161-186
Elizabeth DeSombre, “Global Warming: More Common Than Tragic,” Ethics and International
Affairs (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2004), pp. 41-46
Tuesday May 12
Governing Global Health
Shanghai Field Work Paper DUE
Chinese speaker : TBA
Michael Reich, “The Global Drug Gap,” Science (2000), pp. 1979-1981
Detlef Schwefel, “International Health in a Globalized Development Perspective,” Journal of Public
Health (2004), pp. 177-184
Debarati Guha-Sapir, “Case Studies of Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Cities: Emerging Factors
and Policy Issues,” in J. Whitman, ed., The Politics of Emerging and Resurgent Infectious Disease
(MacMillan, 2000), pp. 39-61
Wednesday May 13
Global Inequality
Chinese speaker: TBA
Mike Davis, “Planet of Slums: Urban Involution and the Informal Proletariat,”
(March/April 2004), pp. 5-34
New Left Review
Robert Wade, “Globalization, Growth, Poverty, Inequality, Resentment and Imperialism,” in John
Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 373-408
Thursday May 14
Political Reform
Chinese speaker: TBA
Cheng Li, “China’s Fifth Generation: Is Diversity a Source of Strength or Weakness?” Asia Policy
(2008), pp. 53-93

draft syllabus - Summer Abroad