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Fall 2017-2018
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
Roberts, Molly, Rerouting the Masses
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%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22113 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:117 Limit:
23280 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
23281 P01A 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:11 Limit:14 Closed
23282 P02 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
23283 P02A 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
23284 P03 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
23285 P04 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Green Hall   0C13N   Enrolled:9 Limit:14 Closed
23286 P05 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Green Hall   0C13N   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
23287 P06 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:8 Limit:14 Closed
23288 P07 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
23289 P08 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:10 Limit:14 Closed
22154 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled