East Asian Languages and Cultures | Contemporary Chinese Politics
E350 | 1486 | Kennedy


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. The only way to make sense of this paradox is to
better understand Chinese politics. In this course, you will learn about: 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. We
will regularly compare and contrast China and other political systems. No
previous study of Chinese history or politics is required. Reading averages
90-120 pages per week, and is drawn from academic books and articles and
primary materials. Other assignments include 3 short papers and a midterm
and final.

This course meets with Political Science Y333; credit given for only one of
EALC E350 on this topic and POLS Y333.