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 2021/2022 Spring semester
Alessandro Rippa (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn 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.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has an overview of large range of subjects related to contemporary Chinese society;
- is able to make difference between important and less important information and connect basic knowledge on China with specific topics discussed in class;
- is the ability to analyse texts assigned for the seminar classes;
- is able to develop independent and critical opinion based on acquired information;
- is skilled to present their views of Chinese society and defend their opinion in discussion.
Alessandro Rippa