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Instructor Info:Kay Johnson
Office Extension x5400
TA Info:Yilong Luo
Owen Gilroy
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104

China Rising: Reorienting the 21st Century: 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.

Course Objectives:

To be discussed in class.

Evaluation Criteria:

In order to get an evaluation a student must come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings, films, and topics posted on the course forum; complete two essays on course materials (5 pages each); write a short book review (2-4 pages); complete a research project (bibliography, rough draft, and revised final paper @ 12-15 pages) and present the research project in class at the end of the semester.

Class attendance: A student may have no more than two unexcused absences.  If you must miss class for a legitimate reason (e.g. illness), you should email the instructor to let her know and discuss how to make up the missed materials.

Additional Info:

Work expectations:  Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours each week of preparation and work outside of class. This time includes reading, required film screenings, posting to the forum, writing papers and conducting research. Of course some weeks will be busier than others. The time after Thanksgiving, when final papers are due, is often a particularly heavy work period in most courses, so plan ahead.

Incomplete policy: An incomplete will be given only for medical reasons or other serious problems that prevent completion of all work by the final portfolio due date, Dec. 16. An incomplete needs to be negotiated ahead of time. College policy does not allow any extension of incompletes beyond the first day of spring semester.