East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies: Topics in Chinese Politics
E600 | 14972 | Kennedy, S.

Graduate Students only
4 credits

This seminar provides an in depth introduction to the scholarly
study of contemporary Chinese politics with the aim of preparing
students to independently conduct research involving China. Some
important questions we consider include: Have China's political
elites institutionalized the process by which they interact with
each other and select new leaders? How has the nature and
significance of China’s political institutions changed over the past
few decades? How are non-state actors relevant to making or changing
policy? How is China's foreign policy shaped by the country's
domestic politics? How likely is it that China will democratize
within the next decade? We will regularly consider China in light of
general theories and critique these theories in light of China.
Requirements include an average of 200 pages per week of reading, a
strong desire to engage in discussion and debate, three short
papers, and a take-home final exam