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Course Guide to SOC 389: Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture: Getting Started

This Course Guide is created to provide library resources for the students who take the class of Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture. Students can visit this Guide to get library books, journal articles, database materials and writing tools for the

Class Aims

This course aims to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the structures and processes that constitute the contemporary Chinese society and culture. It starts with a review of the Chinese society in the period of 1949-1976. The main part of the course introduces students to many aspects of Chinese social life since 1976, including social stratification, urban and rural communities, cultural objects and industry, interpersonal relations, civil society, identities, collective memory, etc.

Class Textbook and Readings

Major Textbooks:

MacFarquhar, Roderick. 2011. The Politics of China: sixty years of the People's Republic of China. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press.

Jacka, Tamara, Andrew B. Kipnis, and Sally Sargeson. 2013. Contemporary China: society and social change. Port Melbourne, Vic.: Cambridge University Press.

Class Final Paper and Style

You are expected to write a final paper which addresses one of the topics about contemporary Chinese society and culture. The topic should be more specific than the chapter topics in Contemporary China. For example, “China’s education” is not proper (think about whether you can finish writing a paper with this title in three weeks). A paper on “education of migrant workers’ children” will be great.

  1. The length should be at least 10 double-spaced pages.
  2. Please follow Chicago Style: (author-date version,
  3. The deadline of the final paper: 5pm, American Eastern Time, December 16, 2016 (via email). No late submission will be accepted.

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