Spring 2023

China and the Developing World

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-218  |  History, as HIST-218  |  Political Science, as POSC-218


Edward D. Melillo (Section 01)
Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 218, HIST 218 [AS/TR], & ASLC 218)  As one of the world’s great powers, China has had a profound impact on the developing world. Through financial, military, and political means, China has shaped the economies, cultures, and environments of nations throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. This course examines the historical and political aspects of this influence with the aim of better understanding the implications of China’s global presence. The course pays particular attention to how racialized narratives have complicated the relationships between Chinese actors abroad and their host communities as well as the experiences of migrants from the developing world in China. Using readings and other media from a wide range of fields and diverse perspectives, we will look at the deep historical roots of this power, while also examining the contemporary ramifications of China’s aspirations and actions beyond its national borders. Students will write about, discuss, and present on topics related to these themes.

Limited to 30 students. Priority given to sophomores. Spring semester. Associate Professor Ratigan and Professor Melillo.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to sophomores.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, discussion, written work, presentations, lectures, group work, and individual research.

ASLC 218 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM BEBU 107
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM BEBU 107


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2023