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10/30/18 1 HARVARD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT 1280 GOVERNMENT & POLITICS OF CHINA FALL 2018 TIME: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 PM PLACE: CGIS South S010 (Tsai Auditorium) Professor Yuhua Wang Office: CGIS K214 (1737 Cambridge St) Phone: 617-496-2750 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays or Thursdays 2:00-3:40 PM (online appointment). Teaching Fellows: Jingkai He [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM or by appointment in CGIS Cafe Shannon Parker (Head TF) [email protected] Office Hours: Fridays 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM or by appointment in CGIS Cafe Austin Strange [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM or by appointment in CGIS Cafe Saul Wilson [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Wednesday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM or by appointment in CGIS Cafe Course website: Canvas COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is a broad introduction to the main issues of contemporary Chinese politics and social change. Although there is a strong focus on the reform period (post-1978), we will also spend considerable time and energy on understanding the previous century of change and upheaval, including the decline of the last imperial dynasty, the rise of communism, and China under the rule of Mao Zedong (1949-1976).
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10/30/18 2 The course is divided into two sections: the first section covers the period from the end of the last imperial dynasty to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. The second section examines the last forty years of economic reform, looking at both how the reforms began and how they were sustained. We also investigate the many political and social consequences of reform and the changing landscape of Chinese politics. We will also spend some time discussing China’s economic and political relationships with the United States and the rest of the world. For undergraduate students, there will be two hours of lecture per week. There will be two exams: an in-class mid-term and a take-home final exam. There are five quizzes: one announced map quiz (provinces of China) and four unannounced reading quizzes (two in lecture and two in section). Quiz with the lowest grade will be dropped. The reading load is somewhat heavy but I have combined dense, informative interpretations of Chinese politics with more narrative accounts. This mixture should allow students the chance not only to imagine how Chinese politics have been lived over the past century, but also to form their own interpretations. For graduate students, you are expected to attend the lectures each week and take the mid-term and final exam. In addition, each graduate student needs to finish a longer (25- 30 pages) research paper due at the end of the semester, and it will be graded by the instructor. Textbooks and Other Materials: Lieberthal, Kenneth. Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform , 2 nd edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004. ISBN # 0393924920 Naughton, Barry. The Chinese Economy, 2 nd edition . MIT Press, 2018. ISBN # 0262534797 Spence, Jonathan. The Search for Modern China , 2 nd edition . New York: W.W. Norton, 1999. ISBN # 0393973514
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