East Asian Languages and Cultures | China's Political Economy
E393 | 25620 | Kennedy


This course provides an overview of the political economy of China,
the world's most important potential global economic powerhouse.
Examining China in historic and comparative perspectives, students
will consider several questions: Why did China not experience an
industrial revolution until the 20th century? Is the adoption of
capitalism promoting democratization, reinforcement of the Communist
Party's authority, or political decay? What links are there between
economic and political power in China? And is capitalism making the
country more or less integrated?

Course materials range from secondary scholarly works to case
studies of individual companies to videos. Assignments include
regular reading (50-100 pages per week), 2 short papers, an industry
analsysis joint project, and midterm and final exams. There are no
formal prerequisites, but students who have already taken a 300-
level course related to China or a class in political economy or
international business will be best prepared at the start.