University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

ASIA 2022 - China Today: Ideology, Party & Society

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: ASIA 2008
Assessment: Presentation 25%, Essay 35%, Examination 40%

China Today helps students understand some of the key politics underlying developments and crises in China. China Today focuses on themes and principles underlying the evolution of Chinese politics, economy and society in the People's Republic. In the first half we examine the nature of China's communist party-state political system, the aims, rise and fall of Maoism, and the reasons behind and the nature of the 1978 post-Mao Zedong economic reforms. These changes have allowed China to develop into the rapidly rising economic power it is today while the reforms have also allowed China to be increasingly influential on the world stage. In the second half, we discuss some of the current key issues and problems arising from the success of China's development strategies. These may include growing levels of social inequality, gender and age imbalances, problems of political reform, China's place in international trade and political systems, the environmental costs of success and the like. Throughout China Today, the relevance of historical, theoretical and ideological issues, such as the nature of communism, for understanding current developments in China and applying critical thinking are stressed. Where possible, the relevant underlying principles are related to Australia, particularly understandings of what 'right' and 'left' can mean in politics. Skills in learning how to write strong argumentative essays are stressed throughout.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 15/03/2021 Thu 25/03/2021 Fri 07/05/2021 Fri 11/06/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
18749 LEC0 90 33 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
15186 TU03 25 FULL 3 Mar - 7 Apr Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG15, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 2 Jun Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG15, Teaching Room
15188 TU01 40 8 2 Mar - 6 Apr Tuesday 2pm - 3pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
27 Apr - 1 Jun Tuesday 2pm - 3pm MyUni, OL, Online Class