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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

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....
9 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
1.1: Categorizing the System through Models14m
1.2: Bureaucratic Model and Chinese Politics15m
1.3: The Structure of the Political System2m
1.4: Key Party Structures17m
1.5: Government and the Party8m
1.6: China’s Legislature3m
1.7: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China’s Military6m
1.8: CCP Controls the Judiciary5m
3 readings
Assignments and Grading10m
Module 1 Required Pre-course Reading10m
Module 1 Suggested Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 130m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Elite Politics in China

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9 videos (Total 81 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
2.2: Leadership Values, Structures of Conflict and Political Stability13m
2.3: Key Strategies for Elite Success and Elite Mobility in China11m
2.4: Selection of Leaders: What do we know?10m
2.5: Retired Leaders and the Succession Process7m
2.6: New Leaders Bring Policy Changes7m
2.7: Characteristics of Chinese Middle-level Leadership11m
2.8: Generations among Chinese Elites8m
2.9: International Experience of Top Chinese Leaders6m
1 reading
Module 2 Required Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 230m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Policy Process in China

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8 videos (Total 95 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
3.2: The Politics of Policy Making in China12m
3.3: Selecting Policy Alternatives10m
3.4: Making the Decision10m
3.5: Social Interests and Policy Making11m
3.6: Policy Implementation through Campaigns10m
3.7: Local Response, Unintended Consequences and Policy Adjustment17m
3.8: Policy Failures and Successes14m
1 reading
Module 3 Course Reading10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Understanding Societal Engagement in Politics in China

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9 videos (Total 102 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
4.2: Political Culture as Empirically Measurable Variable14m
4.3: Political Culture in Rural China15m
4.4: Political Participation6m
4.5: Details on the Modes of Participation16m
4.6: Group Activity and Group Politics13m
4.7: Collective Action and Protest9m
4.8: Key Social Groups who Participate in Politics5m
4.9: Concluding the Modes of Participation9m
1 reading
Module 4 Course Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
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Top Reviews

By CWApr 12th 2017

Both enjoyable and informative. It is exactly the sort of crash course in Chinese politics I was looking for and I have been inspired to take my learning on the subject further

By CCOct 15th 2017

Excellent. One of the best MOOCs I have taken. The videos, the materials provided (articles and excerpts to read, slides etc.). Moreover, if one writes somebody answers!

Instructor

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David Zweig

Chair Professor of the Division of Social Science and Director of Center on China’s Transnational Relations

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