TF opportunities for GENED 1068: The United States and China

November 19, 2021

TF opportunities for GENED 1068: The United States and China

Teaching fellows are needed for GENED 1068, to be taught during the spring term with Professor William Kirby. Additional details may be found below.


Course Description:
The United States and China are two of the leading military powers in the world. They are home to the world’s two largest national economies. They engage in robust commerce with one another. Their citizens study, work, and travel in large numbers in each other’s country. They are heirs to a rich history of mutual friendship, alliance, antagonism, and rivalry. Both countries have been shaped and re-shaped by the nature of their mutual relations. Their relationship is in crisis, the outcome of which will do much to define the world of the 21st century. 

This course examines the present and future of U.S.-China relations in the light of their past. What are the enduring patterns and issues in China’s relations with the United States? How have these two countries perceived each other over time? How has trade defined the relationship from the Opium War to Huawei? How has war shaped experiences in the United States and China, and what are the risks of military confrontation today? What are the prospects for cooperation on global crises such as climate change? What is the role of American and Chinese universities, such as Harvard and Tsinghua, in shaping mutual relations in a time of global pandemic?

These questions and more will be addressed in this University-wide course. Students will be introduced to the China expertise and resources in all of Harvard’s Schools as well as at the Harvard Center Shanghai. China’s leading experts on the United States will offer their perspectives. In their final project, students, working in groups, will address a central challenge in the Chinese-American relationship and propose a solution.

The course emphasizes active, participant-centered discussions of major issues, texts, and contemporary events. It employs Harvard Business School cases, including new studies on leading firms at the frontline of this crisis, such as Huawei, TikTok, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. It also uses online modules from the HarvardX course, “ChinaX.” Class participation and attendance are mandatory. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. There are no prerequisites. It fulfills the Histories, Societies, and Individuals requirement of the renewed General Education Program.

Teaching Fellows (
GSU003) are expected to attend all lectures and other course-related events scheduled during the semester. TFs will share in the responsibility for course-related activities, including: leading sections and office hours; monitoring online discussion board content/other class participation; grading essays, student assignments,and providing other timely student feedback; and other tasks reasonably considered within the purview of this role. Interested teaching fellows should be dynamic discussion leaders, with some experience grading written work. TFs in this course should be able to engage a group of students of diverse backgrounds in focused conversation and be prepared to work as a team.

Interested candidates should email Professor Kirby (wkirby@hbs.edudirectly with their C/V and a short passage with their relevant teaching experience and the ways by which they are able to contribute to the undergraduate student experience. In particular, it would be helpful to know what classes candidates have taught and if they are willing to provide Q scores or evaluation notes. Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.