|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
• To provide a comprehensive introduction to Chinese politics, with particular emphasis on the Reform era
• To understand key political strtuctures, actors, and processes within mainland China
• To understand a range of key issues in Chinese domestic and foreign policy
• To situate the rise of China within its historical and geopolitical context
• To give students a critical appreciation of the complexity of modern Chinese politics and to enable them to critically assess competing claims made by both China and by Western governments
How has China managed to rise so rapidly? What are the geopolitical implications of its newfound power? This module aims to provide a well rounded assessment of modern Chinese politics, with particular emphasis on events since the 1978 Open Door Policy initiated by Deng Xiaoping. We will first examine the historical context behind China's recent ascent (the so-called ‘Century of Humiliation’), then look at the workings of the Communist Party and the possibilities of political reform. The bulk of the course will consider a range of key issues, including the revival of Confucian politics and changing nature of state and society relations, critical problems posed by the growing rural/urban divide, the rise of nationalism and its consequences, Chinese soft power, the propaganda war over Tibet and human rights, Sino-US relations, China's search for energy and resources in Africa, and other select foreign and security policies.
• Understanding of key actors, organisations, and processes in modern Chinese government and politics, building on concepts learned through previous politics modules
• Insight into the historical and geopolitical context which influences Chinese politics and policy-makers
• Understanding of important domestic and foreign policy issues effecting the development of China and its role and reception as a global power
• Enhancement of written (and bibliographical) skills through essays and oral communicative skills in seminars
• Ability to think analytically and to synthesise information about a vital topic in international politics
• Skills of critical thinking and evaluation, particularly on competing arguments made by and about contemporary China
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||82:00||82:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||82:00||82:00||N/A|
Lectures are crucial to provide students with an introduction to key ideas, actors, and events of Chinese politics. Lectures make extensive use of power point slides to help re-enforce students’ understanding. The lecturers own expertise and research into these topics provides engaging examples and contributes towards the goal of research informed teaching. Seminars will allow students to follow up these ideas and issues by asking questions and debating amongst themselves. It provides the context for students to articulate their knowledge and understanding and to help them prepare for written assessment.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||50||One x 2000 word essay|
The essay will help enable students to develop skills of critical analysis and provide an opportunity for them to hone their abilities to reason systematically and write clearly, as well as develop bibliographical skills. The essay will also allow students to explore a topic in depth and permit them to discuss and analyse, in brief, debates in Chinese politics. The exam will test students for their broad knowledge of Chinese politics. These assessments act in tandem so as to test students on both their broad and specific understanding of the module content.
Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.