Contemporary Chinese Society
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Course title in Estonian
Tänapäeva Hiina ühiskond
Course title in English
Contemporary Chinese Society
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Alessandro Rippa (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of the course is to create opportunities for acquiring theoretical and factual knowledge about contemporary Chinese society. The course provides an overview of the stucture of contemporary Chinese society, prepares students for conducting independent research or analysis of different aspects of Chinese society and teaches practical skills which can be used for working in journalism, communication, foreign relations or public sector. The course gives basic knowledge and skills needed for partitipation in special courses and seminars on China.
Brief description of the course
The students acquire knowledge on contemporary Chinese society and practical skills needed for analysisng social processes which take place in China today. Sociopolitical phenomena and problems related to the P.R.C. fourth and fifth generations of leaders (2002-2022) are discussed in seminar classes. The subjects to be discussed include the situation with Chinese ethnic minorities, the impacts of the so called “one child policy”, urbanisation and globalisation in China, the use of the internet in connection to personal freedoms, civil society etc. The students learn how to relate basic knowledge on China with the subjects discussed in class and acquite practical skills needed for developing and defending personal views.
Independent work
Independent work consists of reading tasks uploaded in the learning management system (Moodle), preparing and presenting seminar papers and participating in group assignments and activities. The students are assigned to write an academic essay on Chinese society related topic.
Learning outcomes in the course
After completing the course students:
- have an overview of large range of subjects related to contemporary Chinese society;
- are able to make difference between important and less important information and connect basic knowledge on China with specific topics discussed in class;
- have the ability to analyse texts assigned for the seminar classes;
- are able to develop independent and critical opinion based on acquired information;
- are skilled to present their views of Chinese society and defend their opinion in discussion.
Assessment methods
Exam consists of two parts:
1) Academic presentation made in class (gives 50% of the credit)
2) Presentation should be submitted to the teacher in a form of academic essay (gives 50% of the credit)
Lektor Alessandro Rippa
Replacement literature
Zhou, Jinghao 2014 Chinese vs. Western Perspectives: Understanding Contemporary China. Lexington Books
Cao, Tianyu et al(ed.) 2014 Culture and Social Transformation: Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context. Leiden&Boston: Brill
Guthrie, Dough 2012 China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society. New York & London: Routledge
Kerr, David 2015 China’s Many Dreams: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Search for National Rejuvenation. Palgrave Macmillan
Ren, Bingqiang, Shou, Huisheng (eds.) 2013 Chinese Environmental Governance: Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects in a Changing Society. Palgrave Macmillan