- Code ASIA2026
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Political Sciences
Who rules China, and how? This course examines the politics of contemporary China. It traces the cultural and historical legacies affecting political life and the political processes through which nation-state, citizen-subjects and the organizations and institutions of governance are constructed and interact; examines the major political challenges confronting China today; and explores debates over the concepts used to explain Chinese politics, both in China and in the field of comparative politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Students will acquire from experts in the field an up to date knowledge of the organizations and institutions involved in contemporary Chinese politics; draw on key concepts in comparative politics to evaluate debates about the major political issues facing China; develop their research and analytical skills, by participating in tutorial discussions, preparing and writing a research essay, and preparing for an examination.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- understand the key concepts used in studying Chinese politics;
- demonstrate familiarity with some of the major theories seeking to explain Chinese politics;
- produce persuasive, well-researched written arguments about the politics of China;
persuasive verbal accounts of the politics of China.
Other InformationMajors/Specialisations: Development Studies, International Relations, Cognitive Major (Contemporary Asian Societies), Cognitive Major (Asian Politics and International Relations), and Cognitive Major (Security Studies).
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course appies to both courses combined.
Tutorial participation: 10%
Tutorial presentation: 10%
Tutorial paper: (500 words) 10%
Research essay: (2,500 words) 40%
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3 contact hours and 6 hours private study per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A reading brick will be made available.
Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
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