AIR204 - Great Power Relations


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Chengxin Pan





Incompatible with:

AIR205, AIR245 and AIR345

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class and 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


The United States and China are the largest economies in the world, and their relationship is arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world. How these superpowers conduct their foreign policy and how they engage with each other are of both regional and global consequences. With the US and China as Australia’s strongest ally and its largest trading partner respectively, the stake is particularly high for Australia. Will the U.S. and China be able to cooperate in confronting a raft of global challenges or will their competition lead to hegemonic conflict or even war? Is the twenty-first century the American or Chinese Century? In response to these and other questions, this Unit surveys the evolution, dynamics, problems, and challenges of this fascinating and important bilateral relationship, as well as its implications for Australia’s strategic and economic future.


Essay, 2000 words, 50%

Exam, 50%