Political Science | Chinese Politics
Y333 | 3717 | Robinson

	Also carries graduate credit.
	This course fulfills COAS distribution for SHSI and for
Culture Studies List A
In some ways China no longer seems revolutionary since it partakes in
consumption in many of the same ways we do V listening to CDs, using
the Web, buying cars, dressing in Diesel jeans.  But China is
remarkable for its complete transformations over the past fifty
years.  In the twentieth century, Chinese revolutionaries talked of
fanshen by which they meant completely overturning political, social
and property relationships.  In many ways, the politics of China of
the last fifty years is a story, told again and again of fanshen V an
overturning and a complete transformation of political power, of
sexual and gender relations, of culture, and of economic
This course will offer the opportunity to examine these momentous
political and social revolutions by looking at four different
instances of revolution in the politics of China.  Specifically, we
will look at
X	the aims and practices of the revolution led by The Chinese
Communist Party
X	the transformation of womens roles in family and society
X	the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and the cultural
revolutions of the 21st century
X	the transformation, modernization and  globalization of the
Chinese economy.
We will be looking at the reasons these revolutions occurred, the
politics and practices of the revolutions themselves, and the impact
of these revolutions on Chinese politics and society.
We will have two primary aims in the course:  to develop a deeper
understanding of the mechanics and forces of political change, and
to  develop the skills necessary for  understanding contemporary
political conflicts and for contemplating the future dynamics of
Chinese society and politics.
Dont presume that everyone will enter this class knowledgeable about
Chinese politics in general, so the first few weeks of the class will
be devoted to learning about the evolution of Chinese political
institutions.  We will then turn to an in-depth political analysis of
each of the four revolutions, using both political and historical
analyses as well as some original source materials (although
translated into English) such as memoirs, personal histories,
political documents, and film documentaries.  We will be reading
memoirs written by teenagers who lived through the Cultural
Revolution, short stories about gender and sexuality, official
documents outlining economic transformation, and a variety of
scholarly social science analyses.  There will likely be 3 books to
purchase (by Zhu Xiao Di, Ogden and Lieberthal), as well as
additional readings available online. You should expect about 150
pages a week, and a weekly writing assignment.  Graduate students
enrolled for graduate credit will have additional assignments.   You
will be responsible for 2 short exams, 1 short research design and a
research paper, short on-line responses to the readings, and an
optional final.