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SINO1002 Introduction to Contemporary China Course Credits: 6 credits Course Level: Introductory, 2 nd Semester, Academic Year 2015-2016 Course Time: Monday 12:30 - 14:20 Course Venue: KK102 Instructor: Jiangnan Zhu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept of Politics & Public Administration, HKU Email: [email protected] Tutor: Miss XIONG Cai Email : [email protected] hku.hk Phone: 39177418 Office: Jockey Club Tower 8.25 Tutorial Weeks: start from the 2nd week Phone: 39172278 Office: Jockey Club Tower C933 Office Hours: Tue 1:00-3:00 pm , or by appointment Office Hours : by appointment Tutorial Times and Venue : MON 09:30-10:20 CPD-LG.20; TUE 09:30-10:20 CPD-2.17; TUE 12:30-13:20 CPD-3.01; TUE 15:30-16:20 CPD-3.23; WED 09:30-10:20 CPD-1.23; WED 12:30-13:20 CPD-2.38 1
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Course Description: China, as a nation and a civilization, has been a charming domain of scholarly pursuit for centuries. The People’s Republic of China today has attracted world attention due to its growing economic might and political influence along with the opportunities and challenges it offers to the world and its own people. This course provides a foundation for students to study contemporary China with a social science orientation. Students will get a basic and comprehensive understanding on the development and social change of contemporary China. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, this course seeks to provide a general survey of China—its historical development, revolutionary past, cultural delicacies, formal political structure, the market-oriented economic reform, geography, demographic transition, urban and rural development, the mass media, etc. Some central themes embraced throughout the course include the core of China’s cultural identity, what makes the Chinese nation and people Chinese, the state-society relation in China, and the continuities and changes in China’s socio-political values. To train students for a broader view, this course will also put China in a comparative perspective, comparing China’s past and present, as well as China with other countries, such as the United States and China’s Asian neighbors like Japan and Korea, etc. Course Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Better understand social science theories and be familiar with studies in the field of contemporary China studies; 2. Get prepared for taking up special and advanced compulsory courses and electives in the China Studies major/minor program. 3. Obtain basic knowledge of the primary issues faced by contemporary China, such as various social unease, political systems, economic transition, and legacies left by histories, etc. 4. Develop the ability to engage in general critical thinking and hone academic writing and presentation skills by addressing relevant topics. Teaching and Assessment Methods: This course will introduce China in multi-dimensions. Scholarly and fictional readings, movies, videos, documentaries, guest lectures, and students’ presentations are all adopted. Lecture and class discussion are combined. It is important for students to do the readings before coming to classes. Instructor might cover knowledge outside the assigned readings.
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  • Spring '16
  • Mao Zedong, Communist Party of China, contemporary china

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