Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics for each quarter vary, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter.
This course examines the impacts and relationship between industrialization and urbanization in post-1949 China. China was once held up as a model of rural development for developing countries, but it is now the “world’s factory” relying on low-cost migrant labor and a set of policies and institutions. This course approaches these issues through examining its different industrialization strategies, and rural/urban socioeconomic structures, rural industrialization, the hukou system, migrant labor, urban form, and urban development. The Chinese experience is studied in the general context of development and globalization, and the sustainability of the China model is examined. This class is prepared for both college and graduate Students interested in Chinese geography, planning and relevant built environment.
Student learning goals
1. To introduce key concepts in China’s industrialization and urbanization in the different periods in post-1949.
2. To gain an in-depth understanding the complex issues of industrialization and urbanization, and trajectories intertwined closely with the world and the socioeconomic and physical impacts and effects.
General method of instruction
Lecture and class discussion
Class assignments and grading
The class assignments are based on your class participation, discussion, reading papers after class, idea construction in a short paper.