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.
Major Textbook and Readings:
(W&C) Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom & Maura Elizabeth Cunningham. 2018. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press.
Journal articles can be downloaded from the library’s website.
Other readings (scanned book chapters) will be distributed via Canvas.
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.