POLS211-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

China from Mao to Now

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

This course will provide an introduction to the domestic politics and foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan (Republic of China).

China has a crucial role in the international political order. This course will provide an introduction to the domestic politics and foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and that of Taiwan (Republic of China, ROC).

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of, among other topics: the Chinese political system; the role of the Chinese Communist Party in Chinese society, especially its impact on media, ideology, and culture; China's political economy and its global impact; China's evolving foreign policy; Taiwan's democratic development and struggle for international space; and New Zealand-China relations and how New Zealand is responding to China's growing power and influence.

Transferable skills:

Students will hone critical reading and information gathering skills, as well as academic writing skills.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
LAWS, GEOG, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Two essays 60% 1,500 words each. First essay due Mon 23 Aug by 4.00pm. Second essay due Mon 11 Oct by 4.00pm
Final exam 30% The exam will follow the format of a short answer section (10%), and 3 long essays (30% each) based on topics discussed throughout the course
Participation 10% Based on attendance and participation in class activities including tutorial discussions and keeping up with the reading schedule

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended: Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China, New York: Palgrave, 2015.

Students in POLS211 are recommended to make this book the starting point for their reading in preparation for the lectures, essays, and final exam. This text is available for sale at the University Book Shop and online; it is also in the 3-day loan section of the library.

There is a required packet of reading materials for the course which students can access on the POLS211 Learn page. Students will be expected to have read the designated reading before coming to class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All POLS211 Occurrences

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