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[POLC 3020] Chinese Politics (Fall 2010)

[POLC 3020] Chinese Politics (Fall 2010) - POLC 3020...

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1 POLC 3020: Contemporary Chinese Govt & Politics Fall 2010 Tulane University Course Information Meeting Info 3020-01 (CRN: 39562) MWF 10-10:50 am (Norman Mayer 200A) 3020-02 (CRN: 39563) MWF 2-2:50 am (Richardson 101) Instructor Prof. Mason M. S. Kim 309 Norman Mayer Tel: 504-862-8309 (office) Email: [email protected] Office Hours M & W 11:00am-12:00pm or by appointment Course Description This course is intended to give students an understanding of the political development, political culture, and political institutions of the People‘s Republic of China (PRC). The PRC is the world s most rapidly growing economy. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, it is also now the largest and most powerful Communist Party-ruled nation in the world. Yet the same effort to reform a centralized ― command style of economic system that brought about the demise of the Soviet Union was initiated in China in 1978 and has succeeded beyond most people s expectations. At the same time, the post-Mao leadership that has engineered dramatic economic liberalization has resisted pressures to democratize the political system. The tension between economic liberalization and political authoritarianism erupted in the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. While similar mass demonstrations in Eastern Europe later that same year resulted in the demise of Communist Party rule there, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that suppressed the social movement of 1989 and preserved the party-state system intact. The purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of how these tensions developed in Chinese society, why China did not follow the same course as the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and what the prospects are for the future of the PRC. Course Goals & Expected Outcomes This course aims to provide students with knowledge of the political and economic sources of social transformation of China. It also aims to nurture students to develop a set of analytical skills and the ability to approach problems creatively and critically. By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated their ability to explain theoretical and historical reasons for economic reform and social problems in China. Students should also have an understanding of contemporary issues of China, including political reform, social unrest, and foreign relations. Textbooks There is one required textbook for this course. It can be purchased either at the bookstore or online. Any additional reading that is not included in the textbook will be available on the Blackboard. Dreyer, June T. 2010. China s Political System: Modernization and Tradition , 7 th ed. (ISBN-13: 9780205707454) Referred to henceforth as Dreyer
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2 Student Evaluation Attendance & discussion participation 15% Discussion leader 10% Midterm exam 25% Final exam 25% Research Paper 20% Oral Presentation 5% Attendance and Participation This course relies largely on lectures and discussion. For this format to succeed, students should make sure to be present and have completed the reading before coming to class. For classroom participation,
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