East Asian Languages and Cultures | Contemporary Chinese Politics
E390 | 24934 | 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 Y-333; credit given for
only one of EALC-E 350 on this topic, EALC-E 390,  and POLS-Y 333.