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About the content

This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/7FpNL67EbE4

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Orientation and Module 1: Models of the Chinese Political System and the Structure of the Chinese Party/State
    Before you start with the content for Module 1, please watch the Course Overview, review the Assignments and Grading page, and introduce yourself to other learners who will be studying this course with you.
  • Week 2 - Module 2: Elite Politics in China
     
  • Week 3 - Module 3: Policy Process in China
     
  • Week 4 - Module 4: Understanding Societal Engagement in Politics in China
     
  • Week 5 - Module 5: China’s Domestic and International Political Economy
     
  • Week 6 - Module 6: China’s Future: Democratization or “Flexible Authoritarianism”
     
  • Week 7 - Final Exam and Farewell
    Now is time to test your understanding on the entire course. Take the final exam and complete the post-course survey. Your valuable feedback will certainly help us improve future iterations of the course.
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Instructors

David Zweig
Chair Professor of the Division of Social Science and Director of Center on China’s Transnational Relations

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This course is great! I learned a lot. More importantly, there were some well provided insights coupled with equally unique perspectives I simply never had before. Thank you The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. And thank you Coursera for hosting this course.

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on the February 14, 2018
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This course is great! I learned a lot. More importantly, there were some well provided insights coupled with equally unique perspectives I simply never had before. Thank you The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. And thank you Coursera for hosting this course.

on the November 20, 2017
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I enjoyed this course tremendously, and discovered that there was a vast amount of information that I needed to learn about this SuperPower. China is an amazing country with an enormous population and economy, a history of remarkable achievement, and yet still unknown in many ways. Thanks for putting this course together.

on the November 1, 2017
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I have learned a lot about my roots, professor Zweig is living what he teaches. Thank you so much to Dr Zweig and Coursera

on the October 15, 2017
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Excellent. One of the best MOOCs I have taken. The videos, the materials provided (articles and excerpts to read, slides etc.). Moreover, if one writes somebody answers!

on the September 19, 2017
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Comprehensive and practical. Prof. David Zweig's narrative teaching style and his first hand experience made the course content easy to understand.