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Spring 2014-2015
* POL 362 / WWS 323 / EAS 362 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Chinese Politics

Rory Truex

This course provides an overview of China's political system. We will begin with a brief historical overview of China's political development from 1949 to the present. The remainder of the course will examine the key challenges facing the current generation of CCP leadership, focusing on prospects for democratization and political reform. Among other topics, we will examine: factionalism and political purges; corruption; avenues for political participation; village elections; public opinion; protest movements and dissidents; co-optation of the business class; and media and internet control.

Sample reading list:
Lieberthal, Kenneth, Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform
Svolik, Milan, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule
Nathan, Andrew J., The Tiananmen Papers
Li, Lianjiang, Political Trust in Rural China
Tanner, Murray Scot, China Rethinks Unrest

Reading/Writing assignments:
The reading assignments will total about 150 pages per week. You will also be expected to stay up to date on developments in Chinese politics. You will write three short, two-page response papers over the course of the semester to facilitate precept discussion. There will be also be a midterm and final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
All students interested in China are welcome. No previous knowledge of China/Chinese is required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41466 L01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M W   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:22 Limit:
43634 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   307   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
43635 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:9 Limit:14 Closed
43636 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43199 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled