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POLS3308 Politics in Greater China
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2021 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
- Level 3 elective
- This unit explores the various historical, social, political and international dimensions of contemporary China, whose global rise has caught the world's imagination due to its newly acquired economic, military and soft power prowess. The unit is focused on the major issues and policies of the People's Republic of China (PRC), particularly the political economy of its reform and modernization drive, the country's changing political institutions, expanding civil society, and prospects of democratization. The other components of a Greater China will also be examined – thus, political transformation in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and global Chinese diaspora will be studied for their interactions with, and impact on, the mainland China.
Specifically, an introductory lecture will present the analytical frameworks by critiquing the various scholarly approaches to the study of China, and the rest of the unit will then progress through five integrated topical themes, each of which will be based on a number of lectures. Theme 1 provides knowledge of China's pre-1949 political history, discussing the circumstances in which the country became the communist People's Republic of China, the polity as we know today. Theme 2 investigates the PRC politics chronologically, from Mao's radical class struggle and Cultural Revolution to the current regime's populist authoritarianism with more emphasis on sustainable economic growth, nationalist sentiment and diplomatic clout. Theme 3 examines the major political, social, environmental, and ethnic challenges and crises during the reform era, as well as looking for signs of political liberalisation and future democratization. Theme 4 is focused on China's evolving international relations, looking into the party-state's changing foreign policy, its passionate pursuit of soft power and the mounting challenges to the state's most important bilateral relations. Theme 5 looks at the developments in the “other Chinas”, namely politics of democratization and unification in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the social and political implications of the rapid expansion of the overseas Chinese communities worldwide. The lecture series will conclude with a grand historical and conceptual assessment of the politics in Greater China.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge about the nature and evolution of the political life in the People's Republic of China, including ideologies, institutions, leaderships, strategies and policies.; (2) show satisfactory understanding of the political transformation in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the global Chinese community and their interactions with mainland China.; (3) critically explain and evaluate relevant ideas, theories and concepts that seek to explain the Chinese politics and international relations.; (4) creatively apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to independently and collaboratively address changes, challenges and crises in China's reform and relations with the world.; (5) competently apply basic Political Science and International Relations methods and skills to design and execute research on the Chinese politics and international relations.; and (6) effectively communicate knowledge, ideas, analyses and arguments about China's politics and international relations in different formats..
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a major essay; (2) tutorial presentation and participation; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jie Chen
- Unit rules
- 12 points of Social Sciences and/or Humanities study at level 2
- Advisable prior study:
- Students should ideally have studied level 1 and level 2 units of the Major.
- POLS2208 Politics in Greater China
- Contact hours
- up to 3 hours per week
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