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This subject examines political, cultural and social tendencies in contemporary China, and shows how they have developed from the socialist system. It analyses the changes that had occurred in China since 1976, and looks at major historical events from the death of Mao to China's current rise in world politics, as well as key issues China faces today. It aims to give a sense of the contemporary Chinese political and social landscape and how this has transpired with China's emerging challenges.
Intended learning outcomes
- demonstrate familiarity with some major themes in modern Chinese culture.
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the basic dynamics of Chinese society.
- demonstrate an enhanced understanding of some cultural values and social structures reflected in language use.
- acquire skills to use scholarly analysis to understand contemporary social and cultural phenomena.
- be able to develop arguments from critical reading of academic materials and present them in writing and speech.
- be able to understand how relations of power affect social and cultural systems.
- acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion.
- show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
- acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
- acquire public speaking skills through tutorial discussion
Last updated: 15 May 2020