ASIAN 366 - Controversies in Contemporary China
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN 260 or ASIAN 261.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to current social issues in contemporary China. The course is organized around three themes: Unit One, titled “Economy, Inequality, and Environment,” focuses on the major economic and social problems that have resulted from China’s post-1978 market reforms and rapid economic growth — namely, increases in inequality, the issue of labor rights, and environmental degradation. Unit Two, titled “Education, Culture, and Family,” addresses longer-term problems that have faced modern Chinese society for over a century — design and content of the education system, management of ethnic and religious diversity and regional rights, family planning policies, and the disenfranchisement of women and people of minority sexual orientations. Unit Three, titled “Media and Politics,” deals with two issues that have long been sensitive topics of international critique — specifically, China’s internet and media censorship policies and the issue of human rights as it relates to the question of democratic reform. Due to the complexity of the topics addressed in this course, students will be encouraged to see questions from multiple perspectives. To that end, there will be a strong emphasis on collaborative learning and interactive learning, culminating in a final group project.

Course Requirements:

Blogs, presentations, active participation, and a collaborative final project

Intended Audience:


Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 366 - Controversies in Contemporary China
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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