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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Asian Studies

Undergraduate Course: Politics and Policy in Contemporary China (ASST10126)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to introduce students to various aspects of contemporary Chinese politics and policy. Students will study the different aspects of the Chinese state building an understanding, for example, of the key institutions, the policy making process and the importance of ideology in the running of what is an increasingly dynamic political, social and economic entity. Topics discussed will include Mao┐s legacy, the Chinese Communist Party, regional relations, and understanding the policy process. The course will complement existing courses offered through Asian Studies. In particular it will work with Modern Chinese History and Thought by complementing an understanding of modern China┐s intellectual transformation with an understanding of the functional elements of the Chinese state and contemporary issues in Chinese politics.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students┐ general ongoing academic development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential core texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Recall and summarise key institutions and themes related to contemporary Chinese politics.
- Explain the functions of core parts of the Chinese state.
- Summarise and evaluate selected academic debates related to Chinese politics and policy.
- Find, compare and criticise sources related to Chinese politics.
- Formulate arguments based on academic literature and source material.
- Tailor their arguments and findings for particular audiences through oral presentation and writing.
Assessment Information
Report (student selected topic) ┐ 1000 words ┐ 20%
Essay (topics provided) ┐ 2500-3000 words ┐ 40%
Centrally timetabled exam (2 hour paper) ┐ 40%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Core texts which students will be expected to use often:
Dreyer, June Teufel, China┐s Political System: Modernization and Tradition (Longman, 2010)
Lieberthal, K, Governing China: From Revolution through Reform, (Norton, 1995)
Saich, Tony, Governance and Politics of China, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2010)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAS Pol Cont Chi
Contacts
Course organiserDr Daniel Hammond
Tel:
Email: Daniel.Hammond@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
Email: david.horn@ed.ac.uk
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