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2018 Summer
* GLS 323 / EAS 316 / SOC 324 (SA)   na, npdf

Contemporary Chinese Society

Yu Xie


This seminar will offer an introduction to some of the most prominent features of Chinese society -- work organizations, the education system, the urban/rural divide, migration, social inequality, marriage and family, ethnicity, and religion, with an emphasis on understanding social phenomena in China within its historical, cultural, political and economic context. It will also allow students to begin to study other social changes in China and their long-term impact on the people living there, as well as people living in other developed and developing countries.

Sample reading list:
Fan, S., Kanbur, R., Wei, S.J. and Zhang, X, The Economics of China: Successes and Challenges
Khor, Pang, Liu, Chang, Mo, Loyalka & Rozelle, China's Looming Human Capital Crisis
King, G., Pan, J. and Roberts, M.E., How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism
Xie, Y., & Zhou, X., Income Inequality in Today's China
Xie, Yu, Evidence-Based Research on China: A Historical Imperative
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
A virtual course pack in PDF format will be made available on the course web site and three movies (dramatic productions) will be recommended for viewing outside the classroom. A closed-book mid-term and term paper are required. For the term paper, the expectation is that students select one of the topics covered in the seminar and do additional research on the topic.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This class will meet from 7/09/2018 to 8/17/2018, days/times TBA. The seminar offers three tracks in Chinese language instruction: Track A is for students who do not know Chinese at all. Track B is for students who can speak but cannot read Chinese. Track C is for students who can speak and read Chinese.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10002 S01 TBA        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed