POLIS 2113 - Decoding China: Unity, Stability and Development
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2113 Course Decoding China: Unity, Stability and Development Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Incompatible POLI 2113 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Czeslaw TubilewiczOffice: Napier 410
Phone: 8313 5169
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Debate the evolution of the Chinese state in the pos-1978 era
- Define the key features of the Chinese political, economic and social systems
- Discuss the significance of centrifugal and centripetal forces in Chinese history and the significance of the ‘Century of Humiliation’
- Identify and discuss the key economic, political and social challenges facing contemporary China
- Debate China’s role in the Asia-Pacific region and the world
- Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view
- Strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2.3 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6, 7, 8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7, 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7, 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Required ResourcesYou will need to purchase the Course Reader, which contains the required reading for all tutorials.
There is no textbook assigned for this course.
One copy of the Course Reader will be available in the Reserve Collection of the Barr-Smith Library. Electronic copies of all readings will be also placed on Myuni.
To purchase the Course Reader, go to https://shop.adelaide.edu.au/konakart/Welcome.action. You can pick up your purchased copy for collection from the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Building.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended academic readings are also made available on Myuni.
Asian Studies Virtual Library http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html
Brookings Institution Center for Northeast Policy Studies
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace http://www.ceip.org
Center for Nonproliferation Studies, China Database http://www.nti.org/db/china
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute http://www.cacianalyst.org
China Data Center (University of Michigan) http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/chinadata
China Documentation Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library
China Statistical Yearbook Online http://www.stats.gov.cn
Chinese Military Power http://www.comw.org/cmp
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.fmprc.gov.cn
Chinese Studies Internet Resources
CIA World Factbook: China Report
Council on Foreign Relations http://www.cfr.org
Council on Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific http://www.cscap.org
CSIS Pacific Forum http://www.csis.org/pacfor
Federation of American Scientists, China page
Human Rights in China http://www.hrichina.org
Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org
Lowy Institute for International Policy http://www.lowyinstitute.org/
National Bureau of Asian Research http://www.strategicasia.nbr.org
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations http://www.ncuscr.org
National Security Archive http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv
Nautilus Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report
NDU Center for Chinese Military Studies
RAND Corporation http://rand.org
Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan Security Research http://www.taiwansecurity.org
US-China Economic and Security Review Commission http://www.uscc.gov
China Daily http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/
People’s Daily Online http://english.people.com.cn/
China Internet Info Centre http://www.china.org.cn/index.htm
China National News http://www.chinanationalnews.com/
China News Net http://www.chinanews.net/index.php
China Tech News http://www.chinatechnews.com/
Shanghai Daily http://www.shanghaidaily.com/
Radio China International http://www.chinabroadcast.cn (multilingual)
Xinhua News http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/
South China Morning Post http://scmp.com (paid subscription only)
The Standard http://www.thestandard.com.hk/
China Post Online http://chinapost.com.tw
Taipei Times http://taipeitimes.com
Taiwan News http://taiwannews.com.tw
International Herald Tribune http://www.iht.com/pages/index.php
Radio Free Asia http://www.rfa.org/english/china/
Voice of America, Asia Service http://www.voanews.com/english/asia.cfm
Online LearningThe POLI 2113 MyUni site contains announcements, copies of many course materials such as lecture notes, lecture recordings, assigned and recommended readings, a discussion forum, and links to useful web sites. You should check this site regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe two lectures outline the material to be discussed in each week’s tutorials. The online lecture provides the background for the in-class lecture. The tutorials are your opportunity to ensure that you understand the key concepts discussed during the lectures. The full tutorial programme is in the Course Reader and on Myuni.
You will be expected to have completed the assigned reading so that tutorial discussions proceed on an informed basis. The tutorial questions and tutorial activities are designed for you to get the most out of the assigned reading, so complete the reading with those questions or activities in mind. In small group teaching,students learn from each other and the process is governed by the questions raised by students as well as the questions in the Course Guide.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Class contact (12x2 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorials) 36 hours
Tutorial preparation (3 hours per tutorial) 33 hours
Preparation for the mid-term online test 10 hours
Preparation for the final online test 18 hours
Research preparation 25 hours
Writing the research essay 34 hours
Total 156 hours
Learning Activities SummarySubject to change: See MyUni and the Course Guide for the latest programme.
Week 1 Unity, stability and Development in Contemporary China
Week 2 How China is ruled?
Week 3 Political Change in post-Mao China
Week 3 Ethnic minorities and their challenge
Week 4 The politics of economic reforms
Week 5 Federalism with Chinese characteristics
Week 6 Energy security
Week 7 Environmental sustainability
Week 8 Food security and safety
Week 9 Integration with Hong Kong
Week 10 Taiwan and China’s reunification project
Week 11 China in the world
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAll tutorial activities are structured around small group learning that encourages and supports team work and a lively exchange of ideas.
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Assessment SummarySmall group discovery 20%
Team project 15%
Mid-term online test 5%
Final online test 10%
Research paper 50%
Assessment DetailPlease refer to the Course Guide posted on Myuni.
SubmissionPlease refer to the Course Guide posted on Myuni.
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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