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2019 Summer
* GLS 323 / EAS 316 / SOC 324 (SA)   na, npdf

Contemporary Chinese Society

Yu Xie


This seminar will introduce features of Chinese society: economic reform, the educational system, differences between rural and urban china, wealth disparity and social inequality, internal migration, marriage and family, minorities and ethnicity, and religion. There will be two provincial excursions to witness China's wealth and social disparities and the impact of fast-paced economic growth on society, as well as the regional difference in culture and traditions of China.

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. 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.

Papers - 75%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

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

Other information:
This class will meet from 7/1/19 to 8/9/19, 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
10008 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15