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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This course examines Chinese economy, society, politics, and culture since 1980. It covers the following major themes: the transformation of China's rural and urban economies and its social consequences; changes and continuities in government systems, political ideologies, and popular notions; and Chinas integration into the global system and it impact on Chinas roles in world politics. Using a comparative and historical perspective, this course aims to identify the characteristic "China model" of economic, social, and political changes and explicating its implications for existing theories of development and modernization.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 20% Mid-term: 20% Final Exam: 20% Final Paper: 40%


Maurice Meisener, Mao's China and After: A History of the Peoples Republic. Orville Schell, The China Reader: The Reform Era. Cheng Li, Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform. Tong Shen, Almost a Revolution: the Story of a Chinese Students Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen Square. Arianne M. Gaetano, On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China. C. Fred Bergsten, China the Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower.


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