ASIA 249
Political Power in Contemporary China Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 247
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The People’s Republic of China has experienced rapid and extensive economic, social and cultural transformation over the past forty years. Its political system, however, is little changed. The Communist Party still monopolizes power and works hard to suppress organized opposition. Political dissent has taken various forms since 1979 but the regime has found ways to repress and divert it. Yet, in spite of the state’s efforts, opposition and dissent continue to bubble to the surface. The course will review the political development of the PRC since 1949 and, then, focus on the dynamics of political contention and regime persistence since the Tiananmen Crisis of 1989.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3698
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 2-3 short papers and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science and Asian Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 247 Division II ASIA 249 Division II
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies
POEC Depth
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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