Power and Politics in Contemporary China
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Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)
(Offered as POSC 208 [CP] [SC, IL - Starting with the class of 2015 ] and ASLC 208.) This course provides an introduction to the major institutions, actors, and ideas that shape contemporary Chinese politics. Through an examination of texts from the social sciences as well as historical narratives and film, we will analyze the development of the current party-state, the relationship between the state and society, policy challenges, and prospects for further reform. First, we examine the political history of the People’s Republic, including the Maoist period and the transition to market reforms. Next, we will interrogate the relations between various social groups and the state, through an analysis of contentious politics in China including the ways in which the party-state seeks to maintain social and political stability. Finally, we will examine the major policy challenges in contemporary China including growing inequality, environmental degradation, waning economic growth, and foreign policy conflicts.
Limited to 50 students. Fall semester. Professor Ratigan.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students and 5-college students
Cost: 22.00 ?
Offerings2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016