ASIA 2022 - China Today: Ideology, Party & Society
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Professor Mobo Chang Fan Gao
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
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Required ResourcesA course reader will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre.
Recommended ResourcesThe Research Librarian for Asian Studies in the Barr-Smith Library, Ms Helen Attar, firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 LearningCourse 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 ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop the lecture material.
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
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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 Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial presentation Formative and Summative 25% 1-5 3000 word essay Formative and summative 35% 1-5 Take home examination Formative and Summative 40% 1-5
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SubmissionAll assignments are submitted electronically via MyUni.
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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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