Units of Study

ASNS2618 - Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

Semester 2, 2010  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Eileen Rose Walsh

Description

The history of the People's Republic of China comprises two periods. In the Maoist era (1949-1978), the Communist-led government attempted to build a centrally planned, socialist society in which politics dominated people's daily lives. In the post-Mao era (since 1978), by contrast, the socialist institutions have largely been dismantled in pursuit of a market-based alternative. This unit of study explores key social, political, cultural and economic features of both periods and analyses the problems and paradoxes of transition.

Assessments

Classwork (15%); 2000-word essay (35%), oral presentation (15%); 1000 word writing assignment (15%); one-hour test (20%).

Textbooks

Maurice Meisner. Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic. Third edition. New York: Free Press, 1999
Anthology of readings available online and/or from the University Copy Centre.

Classes

2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week

Prerequisites

12 credit points from junior level Asian Studies, or other subject areas listed in Table A in the Faculty of Arts Handbook.

Prohibitions

ASNS2118

Assumed Knowledge

Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester.

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program. The information provided here applies to the version of this unit offered in the regular semester. Appropriate adjustments are made for the Summer School version when available.

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