Units of Study

ASNS2618 - Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Eileen Rose Walsh
Phone: +61 2 9351 6770
Email: eileen.walsh@sydney.edu.au


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.


classwork (15%), 1x2000wd essay (35%), 1xoral presentation (15%), 1x1000wd writing assignment (15%), 1x1hr test (20%)


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


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


(12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Government and International Relations and GOVT2424)



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.


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