Political Science | Chinese Politics
Y333 | 3456 | 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.