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Spring 2018-2019
* SOC 308 / RES 308 / EAS 308 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Communism and Beyond: China and Russia

Deborah A. Kaple

This course focuses on the communist experiment in the Soviet Union and China. The first half of the course presents the political, social and economic histories that characterize the USSR's and China's particular path to communism. The second half of the course focuses on the consequences of communism by examining each country's demographics, environment, social structures and so on.

Sample reading list:
Archie Brown, The Rise and Fall of Communism
Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls
Peter Hessler, Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
Kenneth Lieberthal, Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform
Alexander Pantsov, Mao: The Real Story
Angus Roxburgh, The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week.

Mid Term Exam - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40147 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:18 Limit:18 Closed