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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.
Format: lecture; The class will be hybrid, with both online content and in-person discussion.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
two short papers and a final exam
Political Science and Asian Studies majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST East Asian Studies Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses