- Code ASIA3034
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Benjamin Penny
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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Understanding the contemporary Chinese world must be predicated on its extraordinary complexity. The China that is growing in confidence and power, and with which Australia’s present and future are inextricably bound, is a product of powerful social and cultural forces that demand explanation but resist analysis from a single point of view.
This course approaches contemporary China through the lenses of different disciplines and styles of analysis. It assesses such topics as the varieties of Chinese modernity, the nature of political power and regulation, protest and resistance, legal reform and human rights, the relationships between the urban and the rural, gender and sexuality, indigeneity and ethnicity, the flourishing of religion and the decline of ideology, and the contested understandings of China’s history that critique or provide the foundations for contemporary policy and practice, implicitly and explicitly.
This course is framed by the annual China Story Yearbook series, which collects and shapes Chinese contemporary stories from multiple voices and different perspectives under an annual theme. As such, the course takes as its overarching focus the theme of the current Yearbook. Students will address that theme through the various topics set out in the course structure.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify and evaluate the major themes, issues, and methods in the study of the contemporary Chinese world.
- Appraise the ways in which different aspects of the contemporary Chinese world relate to its past.
- Demonstrate an ability to locate, analyse, and critique official and unofficial sources on contemporary Chinese society.
- Present findings of research analysis in both academic written forms and also ways that an audience of policy-makers, politicians, and the general public will find accessible.
- Four 750-word blog posts (40%) [LOs 1, 2, 4];
- One seminar presentation, recorded, with handouts/powerpoint slides submitted (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 4];
- One 3,000-word research essay, with submission of research proposal (10%) and final essay (30%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4].
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WorkloadA three-hour weekly seminar, with an additional eight hours of reading and research per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsLists of prescribed and recommended primary and secondary readings, specific to the overarching theme of each year's version of the course, will be supplied by the course convenor. These will vary from year to year to fit the focus of the current Yearbook and, as a corollary, of the present thematic framework of the course.
The China Story Yearbook series
The China Story website
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