ASIAN 366 - Controversies in Contemporary China
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN 260 or ASIAN 261.
May not be repeated for credit.
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China has experienced dizzying economic, social, and technological change in the forty years since Mao’s death. This course surveys some of the principal controversies and dislocations those changes now pose. Part One focuses on the civil and political spheres, where the Chinese state and an increasingly differentiated society are grappling over the terms of their engagement. Here we explore the questions of civil society, political pluralism, censorship, and the rule of law. Against that backdrop, Part Two examines the economic and social spheres, including the issues of income inequality, property rights, labor relations, urban-rural disparities, gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity. Finally, Part Three looks at environmental protection, the growing role of Chinese nationalism as a force in domestic and international politics, and the frequent invocation of “Chinese characteristics” to lay claim to an exceptionalist destiny.

Course Requirements:

Regular short, response papers, an in-class presentation on readings, class participation, a collaborative final paper, and an in-class presentation on the final paper.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


ASIAN 366 - Controversies in Contemporary China
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