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Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long
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This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World.

Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/7FpNL67EbE4

Syllabus

Orientation and Module 1: Models of the Chinese Political System and the Structure of the Chinese Party/State
Before you start with the content for Module 1, please watch the Course Overview, review the Assignments and Grading page, and introduce yourself to other learners who will be studying this course with you.

Module 2: Elite Politics in China


Module 3: Policy Process in China


Module 4: Understanding Societal Engagement in Politics in China


Module 5: China’s Domestic and International Political Economy


Module 6: China’s Future: Democratization or “Flexible Authoritarianism”


Final Exam and Course Evaluation
Now is time to test your understanding on the entire course. Take the final exam and complete the post-course survey. Your valuable feedback will certainly help us improve future iterations of the course.

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David ZWEIG

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Anonymous
2.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The lectures are interesting and informative. However, the graded assignments and learning assessments are terrible. It is akin to the typical reasons that people grow to hate history. Rather than testing for knowledge of important concepts, the quizzes focus on pedantic facts and figures (even going so far as to ask for exact percentages in some circumstances).
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Andrew W
5.0 a year ago
Andrew completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I wanted to learn about China and chose this course out of personal interest. I have really enjoyed it and found it very interesting. The delivery method has been great for me because the lectures were broken up into chunks of between 5 and 15 minutes and I sometimes can only get that much time being a stay at home dad a couple of days a week. Also, I've been considering going back to university and doing this course has helped me get a sense of what that might look like for me and also helped me build my confidence in being able to study something.
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
One of the best lecturers I have encountered on Coursera. Great incite to the subject. Good slides with access.

Course material flowed nicely and was easy to understand. With current conditions between the U.S. and China, this course is timely and beneficial. Looking forward to the second class.
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Anonymous
4.0 yesterday
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Helpful course to start building knowledge about the Chinese political system. Solid baseline in the end to understand better and create your own opinion on what is going on in China and how the rest of the world could or should interact with China.
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Salil K
5.0 10 months ago
Salil completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Very well articulated and sequenced course. Quiz and assignment section is very informative and good for expanding knowledge about Chinese society.
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