Chinese Society and Politics
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Course title in Estonian
Hiina ühiskond ja poliitika
Course title in English
Chinese Society and Politics
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Alessandro Rippa (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Deepens the knowledge of Chinese society and gives an overview of Chinese politics and political system.
Brief description of the course
This course follows a “keyword” approach to emerging trends in Chinese society and politics.In the course of each session we will begin by discussing a particular term that is relevant for understanding society, others highlight particular elements of post-reform China that are rather unique to the country.
In so doing this course will teach students to see China “beyond the headlines” and to understand a
rapidly changing global superpower. It is appropriate for MA students of all disciplines and will help
students preparing for living in a globalising world, for doing work abroad, and for engaging in activities.
It is not expected of students to understand Mandarin Chinese to take this course. Nevertheless, by focusing of specific Chinese “keywords” students will grasp the importance of particular terms and formulations, and gain a better understanding of some crucial dynamics underpinning Chinese politics. As an interdisciplinary course, this seminar will also introduce a variety of perspectives and analytic tools for research.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is able to possess a solid understanding of China’s geographical and cultural diversity;
- is able to place current political developments in the region within broader historical and geographical contexts;
- can critically address ongoing transformations in China in an informed and analytical manner
Alessandro Rippa