Course Details

01:790:386 Political Change in China

  • Academic Credits: 3
  • Focus area for the major: Foreign and International Politics
  • Course for Minor: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce to students who have limited knowledge of China some basic aspects of political institutions and reform processes as well as major events in Chinese political life under the communists since 1949, focusing on the post-Mao reform period since 1978. It examines economic and political development in China--their causes, patterns, consequences, and implications--in a broader context of transition from state socialism. In this class, we will apply some concepts and theories in comparative politics in analyzing Chinese politics. By taking this class, students are expected to gain substantial knowledge about contemporary Chinese politics and acquire some basic ability to apply such knowledge to relate to and analyze current affairs concerning China.