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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "PL 350"
COURSE NAME: "Politics of China"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Enrico Fardella
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: W 1:30-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course reviews the evolution of China's national policies, focusing on its 1949 foundation, the Cultural Revolution, the post-Mao economic reforms, the events of 1989 at Tiananmen and their impact on different aspects of Chinese cultural and social life. It examines such contemporary issues as human, civil and political rights, environmental politics, the problems of minorities, and covers China's foreign policy and international relations.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course will critically delve intro the following ten questions:

  • What is the ‘Century of Humiliation’ and which role does it play in today’s China’s politics? 
  • Which are the core elements of Mao’s ideology and how did they shape the history of the PRC? 
  • How did Mao's foreign policy influence the evolution of the Cold War? 
  • How did Deng’s reform and opening change China’s domestic politics and external relations? 
  • How did US-China relations change since the establishment of official relations in 1979?
  • How does the Chinese Communist Party think?
  • How does the Chinese Communist Party work? 
  • What is the Belt and Road Initiative and which kind of impact has it on the Euro-Mediterranean Region?
  • Is there a Chinese notion of world order? 
  • Which are the core elements of Xi Jinping's Third revolution?
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The course will allow the students to critically an analyse the political dimension of China’s national struggle, identify its resilience and evolution across the history of the PRC and creatively project its potential developments and impact in the world of tomorrow. The individual and group research will allow them to acquire a solid knowledge of China-related research networks, sources and tools,  the workshop sessions will allow them to apply these tools in the debate with external prominent experts, and the final round table will let them using the newly acquired skills to project their analysis into the future by predicting some potential scenarios of China's interaction with the world in the next decades. 


 



TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty First CenturySchell, Orville and John DeluryLittle, Brown, 2013 0679643478  
Politics in China: An introduction William Joseph Oxford University Press 9780190870713 Third Edition 2019
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the PresentJohn PomfretMacmillan USA978-1250160638  
China's Quest: The History of the Foreign Relations of the People's Republic, revised and updatedJohn Garver OUP USA978-0190884352  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese StateElizabeth Economy Oxford University Press0190866071  
Mao's China and the Cold WarChen Jian The University of North Carolina Press; 9780807849323  
Maoism a global history Julia Lovell Bodley Head 978-1847922496  
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of ChinaEzra Vogel Harvard University Press 978-0674055445  
The Third Revolution: Xi Jingping and the New Chinese StateElizabeth Economy OUP USA978-0190866075  
China under Mao: A Revolution DerailedAndrew Walder Harvard University Press9780674975491  
Chinese Visions of World OrderBan Wang Duke University Press Books978-0822369462  

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Research paper The students will be asked to draft a research paper on a topic related to the ten core questions of the course 30
Mid-Term A written mid-term exam based on the five questions addressed in the first part of the course 20
Final Exam A written final exam based on the ten core questions addressed during the course 30
Team work A group research work to be presented in class 20

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

 

WEEK

TOPIC

DATE

READINGS

1

What is the ‘Century of Humiliation’ and which role does it play in today’s China’s politics?

SEPTEMBER 4TH 

Joseph, chap. 2 

 

2

 Which are the core elements of Mao’s ideology and how did they shape the history of the PRC?

SEPTEMBER 11TH

Joseph, chap. 3 

 

3

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SEPTEMBER 18TH 

Schell and Delury, chap. 9-10 

Walder, chaps. 14

Lovell chaps. 1-12

4

How did Mao’s foreign policy influenced the course of the Cold War?

SEPTEMBER 25th 

Garver Act.1 (2-8)

 

 

5

———-

SEPTEMBER 27TH 

(MAKE UP CLASS) 

Garver 

Act.1 (9-12); 

Act. 2 (13)

 

Chen Epilogue

 

Fardella “The Sino-American Normalization: A Reassessment”, in Diplomatic History, Vol. 33, No. 4 (September 2009),

545-578. 

6

How did Deng’s reform and opening change China’s domestic politics and external relations?

OCTOBER 2ND 

Joseph, chap. 4 

Schell and Delury, chap. 11-12

Vogel chap. 24

 

7

40 years of China and US relations:past, present and future

Joint Lecture with Prof. Wang Dong (Peking University)

OCTOBER 9th 

Pomfret Part V

8

Mid Term Exams

October 16th

 

9

How does the Chinese Communist Party think? 

OCTOBER 23rd 

Joseph chaps 5

10

How does the Chinese Communist Party work? 

 

OCTOBER 25th 

Joseph chaps 6

11

WORKSHOP: “What is the Belt and Road Initiative and which kind of impact has it on the Euro-Mediterranean Region?"

OCTOBER 30th

Joseph chap. 8

 

Fardella, “The Belt and Road Initiative Impact on Europe: an Italian Perspective" in China&World

Economy, Special Issue: Eurasian Perspective on China's Belt and Road Initiative, Volume 25, Issue 5, September–October 2017, 125-138.

12

Is there a Chinese notion of world order?

NOVEMBER 6TH 

Wang  Chap. 6

 

 

13

“China and Italy in the XXIst Century” Joint lecture with Ambassador Bradanini (former Italian Ambassador in the PRC (2013-2015) & President of Centro Studi sulla Cina contempranea

NOVEMBER 13TH 

Fardella, “A significant periphery of the Cold War: Italy-China bilateral relations, 1949–1989”, Cold War History,

Vol. 2, 17. 2017, 181-197. DOI: 10.1080/14682745.2015.1093847

14

ROUNDTABLE "The PRC at 70: Xi’s Third Revolution"

NOVEMBER 20TH 

Economy Chap. 2-7-8

15

Final exams 

TBC