Fall 2014

China Research Seminar: From Revolution to Reform

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-476  |  History, as HIST-476

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Jerry P. Dennerline (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 476 [AS] and ASLC 476 [C].) Political thinkers and activists inside China and throughout the world continue to puzzle over the relationship between the people and the state. Where do state functions and state control begin and end? How do the global economy, internal migration, NGOs, and the internet influence the relationship between the people and the state? What changes and continuities do we observe in state-society relations over time? Who are the winners and losers of China’s recent economic growth? How is China’s national identity similar to or different from those of developed or post-colonial nations? When and how do the national interest, individual interests, and the interests of the Party-state converge or diverge? And how do the spokesmen for these interests appeal to and reconstruct their visions of China’s past?  This interdisciplinary research seminar will focus on issues of legitimacy, authority, resistance, and “rights consciousness” in the one-party system that has emerged from post-revolutionary reform in China. We will explore these issues with reference to state institutions, local political processes, education, social services, religion, and public expression of opinions and ideas. Research topics will depend on the interests of the students. One class meeting per week plus individual student conferences.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Previous coursework or relevant experience related to China preferred. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Dennerline.

If Overenrolled: preference will be given to history, ASLC, and political science majors and students with previous course work on China


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014