POLIS 2113 - Decoding China: Unity, Stability and Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course offers an in-depth discussion of the political, economic and social problems facing contemporary China. More specifically, it examines China's political history, institutions and reforms; Chinese economic development and its sustainability; intra and inter-provincial social and economic inequalities; environmental crisis; population growth and food security; ethnic minorities' challenge to the party-state; and Beijing's relations with Hong Kong and Taiwan. By focusing on the three interrelated themes of stability, sustainable development and territorial integrity, the course raises questions regarding the Chinese Communist Party's capacity to continue fast-paced economic growth, while maintaining political and social stability, as well as the territorial unity of China. Decoding China will equip students with the analytical skills needed to assess the political, economic and social challenges facing China as it enters the twenty-first century.

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