OverviewThis course will provide students with a well rounded assessment of modern China, with particular emphasis on events since the 1978 Open Door Policy initiated by Deng Xiaoping. The course first introduces students with key sociological concepts related to Chinese traditional society, then move onto major events that form state-society relations in the past three decades. Students are encouraged to connect Chinas rise to their own life and think comparatively. The bulk of the course will explore a range of contemporary issues, which includes:
This module appears in:
1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar each week
Method of assessment
100% coursework (one 2000 word essay (40%), one 2500 word essay (50%) and a group seminar presentation (10%)
Fei, X (1992) From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society. University of California Press
Stockman, N (2000) Understanding Chinese Society. Polity Press
Yan, Y (2009) The Individualization of Chinese Society. BERG
Zha, J (1996) China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids and Bestsellers are Transforming a Culture. The New Press
Barr, M (2011) Whos Afraid of China? Zed Books
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Understand the key actors, social structures and evolving state-society relations in modern China.
Develop insight into the domestic and global context which shaped contemporary Chinas general social mindsets.
Comprehend key Chinese sociological concepts and be able to apply different sociological theories in analysing pop cultures, news items, research evidence and official data
Critically evaluate the assumptions of major sociological theories in relation to contemporary social processes