Informações sobre o curso
This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/7FpNL67EbE4
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Approx. 27 hours to complete

Sugerido: 7 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
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cursos 100% online

Comece imediatamente e aprenda em seu próprio cronograma.
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Approx. 27 hours to complete

Sugerido: 7 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
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English

Legendas: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Orientation and Module 1: Models of the Chinese Political System and the Structure of the Chinese Party/State

Before you start with the content for Module 1, please watch the Course Overview, review the Assignments and Grading page, and introduce yourself to other learners who will be studying this course with you....
Reading
9 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.1: Categorizing the System through Models14m
1.2: Bureaucratic Model and Chinese Politics15m
1.3: The Structure of the Political System2m
1.4: Key Party Structures17m
1.5: Government and the Party8m
1.6: China’s Legislature3m
1.7: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China’s Military6m
1.8: CCP Controls the Judiciary5m
Reading3 readings
Assignments and Grading10m
Module 1 Required Pre-course Reading10m
Module 1 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 130m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Module 2: Elite Politics in China

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Reading
9 videos (Total 81 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
2.2: Leadership Values, Structures of Conflict and Political Stability13m
2.3: Key Strategies for Elite Success and Elite Mobility in China11m
2.4: Selection of Leaders: What do we know?10m
2.5: Retired Leaders and the Succession Process7m
2.6: New Leaders Bring Policy Changes7m
2.7: Characteristics of Chinese Middle-level Leadership11m
2.8: Generations among Chinese Elites8m
2.9: International Experience of Top Chinese Leaders6m
Reading1 readings
Module 2 Required Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 230m

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Section
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4 hours to complete

Module 3: Policy Process in China

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Reading
8 videos (Total 95 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
3.2: The Politics of Policy Making in China12m
3.3: Selecting Policy Alternatives10m
3.4: Making the Decision10m
3.5: Social Interests and Policy Making11m
3.6: Policy Implementation through Campaigns10m
3.7: Local Response, Unintended Consequences and Policy Adjustment17m
3.8: Policy Failures and Successes14m
Reading1 readings
Module 3 Course Reading10m

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2 hours to complete

Module 4: Understanding Societal Engagement in Politics in China

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Reading
9 videos (Total 102 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
4.2: Political Culture as Empirically Measurable Variable14m
4.3: Political Culture in Rural China15m
4.4: Political Participation6m
4.5: Details on the Modes of Participation16m
4.6: Group Activity and Group Politics13m
4.7: Collective Action and Protest9m
4.8: Key Social Groups who Participate in Politics5m
4.9: Concluding the Modes of Participation9m
Reading1 readings
Module 4 Course Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 320m

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4 hours to complete

Module 5: China’s Domestic and International Political Economy

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Reading
10 videos (Total 102 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
5.2: China’s Political Economy on the Eve of Reform12m
5.3: Impact of Reforms on China’s Political Economy10m
5.4: The Impact of Reform on Rural Income3m
5.5: China’s Township and Village Enterprises (TVEs), 1984-199412m
5.6: Role of the Public Sector in China's Political Economy12m
5.7: Central-Local Financial Relations9m
5.8: China as a “Trading State”12m
5.9: Dilemmas of a “Trading State”8m
5.10: Chinese Firms “Going Out”12m
Reading1 readings
Module 5 Course Reading10m

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2 hours to complete

Module 6: China’s Future: Democratization or “Flexible Authoritarianism”

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Reading
12 videos (Total 99 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
6.2: Scenario 1: Political Development and Democratic Transition11m
6.3: Scenario 1: Further Forces for Political Development and Democratic Transition13m
6.4: Lessons from Scenarios of Democratic Transition6m
6.5: Scenario 2: Continued Market Leninism7m
6.6: Constraints on Society and Ideology9m
6.7: Xi Jinping’s Intense Attack on Corruption6m
6.8: Jiang Zemin’s “Three Representatives” and the Role of the Middle Class9m
6.9: Scenario 3: Collapse of the CCP6m
6.10: Sources of Political Instability5m
6.11: Inequality, Corruption and CCP Rule11m
6.12: Conclusion5m
Reading1 readings
Module 6 Course Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 430m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Final Exam and Course Evaluation

Now is time to test your understanding on the entire course. Take the final exam and complete the post-course survey. Your valuable feedback will certainly help us improve future iterations of the course....
Reading
1 reading, 2 quizzes
Reading1 readings
Rate this course10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Final Exam50m
Post-course Survey44m
4.8

Top Reviews

By SMApr 20th 2017

Great course with intense knowledge. Just because I had little history background of modern China. Another short course to state facts of history may be helpful. This one is challenging.

By CWApr 12th 2017

Both enjoyable and informative. It is exactly the sort of crash course in Chinese politics I was looking for and I have been inspired to take my learning on the subject further

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David Zweig

Chair Professor of the Division of Social Science and Director of Center on China’s Transnational Relations

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