Great Power Competition Certificate - Curriculum 255 (DL)

Program Officer and Academic Associate

Christian Richer, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 334

(831) 656-7753, DSN 756-7753

christian.richer@nps.edu

The Certificate Program in Great Power Competition (GPC) will provide students timely academic knowledge on the political and strategic challenges posed for the United States by the emergence of GPC with China and its re-emergence with Russia. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to analyze the factors shaping the new era of geopolitical competition among the major powers and potential U.S. responses across all dimensions of power, including diplomacy, economic competition, influence campaigns, and traditional military force. 

Students will take one, four-unit course per quarter for three consecutive quarters beginning in the Winter and Summer Quarters. During their first Quarter they will also take a one-unit introductory, GPC lecture series (NS 4000). Although students will normally take a course on Russia in Quarter 2, and on China in Quarter 3, the order of those quarters may be reversed, depending on factors such as faculty availability and the desires of the students’ sponsor. Those starting in Winter Quarter will complete the certificate in Summer, those starting in the Summer Quarter will complete the certificate in the Winter.

Outcomes

1. To understand the nature of great power competition historically and its current manifestations.

2. To understand the core motivations behind Chinese and Russian political, economic, and military policies, as well as the challenges they pose to the United States.

3. To understand the tools China and Russia use to further their interests in various regions of the world outside their borders and in critical competitive domains, such as cyberspace.

4. To understand the range of possible U.S. and allied responses to Chinese and Russian behavior.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

During Quarter 1, students will take both NS4000 and NS3005

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS4000Great Power Competition: Current Policy and Strategy

0

2

-and-

NS3005Great Power Conflict in Modern History

4

0

Quarter 2

Students will take either NS3401 or NS4425.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3401Contemporary Politics of Russia

4

0

-or-

NS4425Russian Foreign Policy

4

0

Quarter 3

Students will take either NS3661 or NS4642.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3661Politics in China

4

0

-or-

NS4642Chinese Foreign Policy

4

0