ASIA 2022 - China Today: Ideology, Party & Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

China Today helps students understand some of the key politics underlying developments and crises in China. China Today focuses on themes and principles underlying the evolution of Chinese politics, economy and society in the People's Republic. In the first half we examine the nature of China's communist party-state political system, the aims, rise and fall of Maoism, and the reasons behind and the nature of the 1978 post-Mao Zedong economic reforms. These changes have allowed China to develop into the rapidly rising economic power it is today while the reforms have also allowed China to be increasingly influential on the world stage. In the second half, we discuss some of the current key issues and problems arising from the success of China's development strategies. These may include growing levels of social inequality, gender and age imbalances, problems of political reform, China's place in international trade and political systems, the environmental costs of success and the like. Throughout China Today, the relevance of historical, theoretical and ideological issues, such as the nature of communism, for understanding current developments in China and applying critical thinking are stressed. Where possible, the relevant underlying principles are related to Australia, particularly understandings of what 'right' and 'left' can mean in politics. Skills in learning how to write strong argumentative essays are stressed throughout.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ASIA 2022
    Course China Today: Ideology, Party & Society
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible ASIA 2008
    Course Description China Today helps students understand some of the key politics underlying developments and crises in China.
    China Today focuses on themes and principles underlying the evolution of Chinese politics, economy and society in the People's Republic. In the first half we examine the nature of China's communist party-state political system, the aims, rise and fall of Maoism, and the reasons behind and the nature of the 1978 post-Mao Zedong economic reforms. These changes have allowed China to develop into the rapidly rising economic power it is today while the reforms have also allowed China to be increasingly influential on the world stage.
    In the second half, we discuss some of the current key issues and problems arising from the success of China's development strategies. These may include growing levels of social inequality, gender and age imbalances, problems of political reform, China's place in international trade and political systems, the environmental costs of success and the like.
    Throughout China Today, the relevance of historical, theoretical and ideological issues, such as the nature of communism, for understanding current developments in China and applying critical thinking are stressed. Where possible, the relevant underlying principles are related to Australia, particularly understandings of what 'right' and 'left' can mean in politics.
    Skills in learning how to write strong argumentative essays are stressed throughout.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mobo Chang Fan Gao

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Understand the underlying nature of the Peoples Republic of China as a party-state run by the Chinese Communist Party
    2 Recognise and be able to critically analyse contemporary Chinese politics, society and governance
    3 Recognize and be able to critically analyse the extent and underlying factors for China's dramatic economic transformation
    4 Understand and apply the technical aspects of academic writing including style, standard academic genres and referencing conventions
    5 Equip you with the knowledge for your potentially possible China related career
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A course reader will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre.
    Recommended Resources
    The Research Librarian for Asian Studies in the Barr-Smith Library, Ms Helen Attar, helen.attar@adelaide.edu.au , supports the research needs of undergraduate students.

    The Barr-Smith Library tutorials web page has been redesigned to incorporate the new interactive skills videos. See  http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/help/tutorials/

    Bramall, Christopher, 1993, In Praise of Maoist Economic Planning : Living Standards and Economic Development in Sichuan since 1931, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    Eisenman, Joshua, 2018,  Red Chinas' Green Revolution; Technoloigcal Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune, New York: Columbia University Press

    Gao, Mobo,  2008, The Battle for China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution, London: Pluto

    Gao, Mobo,  2018, Constructing China: Clashing Views of the People's Republic, London: Pluto

    Gao, Mobo, 1999, Gao Village: A Portrait of Rural Life in Modern China, London: Hurst and Co.

    Gao, Mobo, 2018 Gao Village Revisited: Life of the Rural People in Contemporary China, Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

    Meisner, Maurice, 1999, Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic, New York: Free Press



    Online Learning
    Course materials will be available on MyUni. Other social media, such as weibo, Facebook etc may be used in conjunction with the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop the lecture material.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD HOURS 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
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    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction of the topic and induction of the course
    Week 2 Development in China: the two eras--the era of Mao and that of post-Mao
    Week 3 What is the Chinese Revolution?
    Week 4 The Collective System: Achievements and Problems
    Week 5 Planned Economy: Achievements and problems
    Week 6 International background and the post-Mao reform
    Week 7 Socialism with Chinese characteristics or capitalism with Chinese characteristics?
    Week 8 Writing exercises and scholarly convention
    Week 9 Domestic challenges 1
    Week 10 Domestic challenges 2
    Week 11 global challenge
    Week 12 Conclusion and induction to essay writing
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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-5
    Tutorial presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-5
    Writing exercises Formative and Summative 20% 1-5
    1800 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    Information available upon enrolment.
    Submission
    All assignments are submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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