David M Bachman
POL S 533
Research on selected problems in contemporary Chinese politics. Prerequisite: POL S 532, or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 533.
Description: In 1996, this seminar will focus on the issue of central-provincial relations in the People’s Republic of China. The seminar will be organized as a research seminar, with 5-6 weeks of readings providing the background for a research project related to some aspect of central-provincial relations. While Chinese language proficiency is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Students will be introduced to some of the major sources and methods for studying contemporary Chinese politics during the course of the seminar.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students should have taken the equivalent of POL S 442, and preferably POL S 532 and 535.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: Readings of about 300 pages/week in English, mostly articles for 5-6 weeks. One 15-20 page research paper using primary sources, either in Chinese or translation.
Grading: Course is offered on a graded basis only (4-point scale).