Chinese Politics, Fall 2017 (Professor Rory Truex)
Advanced undergraduate class with around 120 students. Taught three precept sections.
This course provides an overview of China's political system. We will begin with a brief historical overview of China's political development from 1949 to the present. The remainder of the course will examine the key challenges facing the current generation of CCP leadership, focusing on prospects for democratization and political reform. Among other topics, we will examine: factionalism and political purges; corruption; avenues for political participation; village elections; public opinion; protest movements and dissidents; co-optation of the business class; and media and internet control.
China's Foreign Relations, Spring 2017 (Professor Tom Christensen)
Advanced undergraduate class with around 50 students. Taught three precept sections.
This course will review and analyze the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present. It will examine Beijing's relations with the Soviet Union, the United States, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the developing world during the Cold War. It will explore the impact on China's foreign relations of changes in the Chinese economy since the reform era began in 1978, the domestic legitimacy challenges in Beijing since the Tiananmen protests of 1989, and the continuing rise of Chinese power and influence in Asia and beyond since the end of the Cold War.