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.
2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x1000wd short Essay (20%), 3x Quiz equivalent to 500wd in total (20%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%)
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
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.
12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table AProhibitions