East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies
E600 | 1490 | Kennedy


Topic:  Issues in Chinese Politics
This course provides graduate students with a solid foundation in the
various aspects of contemporary Chinese politics. A review of trends and
patterns in Chinese politics since 1949 is followed by consideration of
several issues: elites, ideology and political culture, party and government
institutions, center-local relations, state-society relations, the policy
making process for domestic and foreign policy, and popular political
participation. Comparative perspectives, particularly that of the former
Soviet Union and Taiwan, are also utilized. The course's success will depend
heavily on students' consistent enthusiastic participation. Reading averages
250-300 pages per week, and there will be 3-4 short papers as well as one
longer research design paper.