East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies--Chinese Politics
E600 | 29380 | Kennedy, Scott

Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with POLS-Y 657 on same topic

This seminar provides an indepth 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: How do China’s political elites
interact with each other, and what are the consequences for public
policy? 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 likely is it that
China will democratize, or is the Communist Party strengthening its
hold on power? We will regularly consider China in light of general
theories and place China in comparative perspective. Requirements
include an average of 150-200 pages per week of reading, a strong
desire to engage in discussion and debate, three short papers, and
one research assignment.