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Instructor Info:Kay Johnson
Office Extension x5400
TA Info:Xi Zhou
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
Monday
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
Description:

After a brief overview of the Maoist era, this course will examine the rapid economic, political, and social changes that have swept China in the last three decades. We will examine major issues in China's astonishingly rapid transformation from an agrarian to an industrial society (e.g. escalating inequalities, the emergence of a large migrant underclass, the crisis of rural social welfare and health care, the spread of AIDS, looming environmental crises, increasingly skewed sex ratios due to population policies) alongside the reduction of poverty, increasing freedoms, the rise of a middle class, and the emergence of consumerism as a cultural ideology. The treatment of ethnic minorities and the possibilities for a democratic transition will be considered and debated. At the end of the course we will consider the impact of China's international rise as an economic power and energy consumer on US-China relations as China challenges US global dominance.

Additional Info:

Please note: Monday evening 7-10pm is for screening films only; alternative arrangements can be made for those with scheduling conflicts.