Political Science | Chinese Politics
Y333 | 9068 | Kennedy
China presents us with a paradox: many believe China will inevitably
become a world power; yet just as many believe the Chinese state's ability
to effectively govern is declining. Both views cannot be true. In order to
be able to address these and other questions, this course provides an
in-depth introduction to contemporary Chinese politics. Students will learn
1) trends and patterns in Chinese politics since 1949;
2) the participants,institutions, and processes that constitute China's
political system; and
3) the primary concepts and research methods used to study Chinese politics.
The emphasis will be on China's domestic politics, but we will also
consider how China's domestic context affects her foreign policy.
Readings, 150-200 pages per week, draw from secondary academic books and
articles as well as translated primary materials. Other assignments include
three analytical papers (11-14 pages combined) and a final exam.
This course meets with EALC E350; credit given for only one of EALC E350 on
this topic and POLS Y333.