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Honoursmodule: China's Ambitions in the 21st Century

This course will identify narratives and dilemmas concerning China’s rise, from both Western and Chinese perspectives.  

We will discuss questions such as: What is the Century of Humiliation? How is China governed? Will the Communist Party survive? Will China become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence?

Then, we will consider the implications of geopolitical developments. What are the possible consequences of the US-China rivalry? What is the impact of the war in Ukraine on China’s position vis-à-vis Europe and Russia? In what way are Taiwan and Hong Kong connected?  

On all these issues, we will focus on information, media and narratives. We will analyse the role of propaganda and (dis)information and look into what discussions take place on Chinese social media.

At the end of the course, we will integrate our findings into scenarios for China in 10 years’ time. 

Guest speakers will be Kathleen Ferrier (on Hong Kong and Taiwan) and Bei Wang (on China’s media and narratives). 


You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is open to second-year or third-year Bachelor's students participating in an Honours programme. Between 8 June 10 am and 12 June 11 pm, you can register by completing the online registration form that will appear on our website Honoursmodules IIS.

Please note: Registration is not through SIS. Placement is at random. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 12, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for in the week of 20 June. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl.

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SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September