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SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA

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SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA

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Anno accademico 2017/2018

Codice attività didattica
CPS0229
Docenti
Prof. Jean Francois Huchet (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Corso di studio
Corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze internazionali (Classe LM-52)
Anno
1° anno
Tipologia
Caratterizzante
Crediti/Valenza
9
SSD attività didattica
SPS/07 - sociologia generale
Erogazione
Tradizionale
Lingua
Inglese
Frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia esame
Scritto
Prerequisiti

This course will employ a multidisciplinary approach combining political economy, history, sociology, and political science to analyse the socio-economic transformation of China from the beginning of the 19th century up to the most recent years. There are no prerequisites either in economics (the course will not use any mathematical materials), sociology, or political science to attend this course. Sound background in history, international relations and economic history of the 19th and 20th century will help to fully benefit from this course. Several documents (readings, videos, radio programs) will be made available online before each class on the moodle platform to complement the contents of the course.


Il corso impiega un approccio multidisciplinare nel combinare elementi di economia politica, storia, sociologia e scienza politica per analizzare le trasformazioni socio-economiche avvenute in Cina dall’inizio del XIX secolo fino ai giorni nostri.

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Sommario del corso

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Obiettivi formativi

This course aims to

 - equip students with good analytical and multidisciplinary tools to analyse the failure of China's modernization drive in the 19th and first half of the 20th century, and to assess the rise of People's Republic of China (PRC) in the second half of the 20th century;

 - encourage students to overcome a Eurocentric view of world history and economic development;

 - enable students to analyse and understand economic and social development through a multidisciplinary approach. The case of China will serve as an example to discuss the theories of development proposed by mainstream economic literature.

Il corso si pone l'obiettivo di fornire agli studenti gli strumenti analitici e multidisciplinari per analizzare il fallimento del processo di modernizzazione in Cina tra il XIX e la prima metà del XX secolo e per valutare l'ascesa della Repubblica Popolare Cinese nella seconda metà del XX secolo.

 

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Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

At the end of the course, students will be expected to have a good grasp on the political and socio-economic transformations that China has experienced through the 19th and 20th century, with a special focus on the post-1978 phase, when China launched its "Opening and Reform Policy".

Students will be requested to demonstrate sound understanding of how the PRC has been able to catch up with the most advanced industrialized countries in the last quarter of the 20th century after several failed attempts since the mid 19th century. They will need to show awareness of the major socio-political and economic challenges that the PRC is experiencing nowadays, and of the main implications for the rest of the world of China's rise as an economic and political major actor at the regional and global level.

Al termine del corso gli studenti avranno una buona conoscenza delle trasformazioni politiche e socio-economiche che la Cina ha affrontato tra il XIX e il XX secolo, con un focus particolare sulla fase post-1978, quando la Repubblica Popolare Cinese lanciò la politica di riforma e apertura.

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Programma

The 54 hours of classes will be divided in five sections:

1. The quest for political and economic modernization in China (1840-1978)

 2. The first stage of reforms (1978 -1992)

 3. The great 1992 compromise: the emergence of China's own brand of authoritarian state capitalism and the transformation of Chinese society

 4. The internationalization of the Chinese economy and society

 5. Assessing future developments and challenges for China

 

 Il corso verrà suddiviso in 5 sezioni seguendo le varie fasi della storia cinese, analizzate con una prospettiva economica e politica.

 

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Modalità di insegnamento

 Lectures will be held in English.

 Several documents (readings, videos, radio programs) will be made available online before each class on the moodle platform to complement the contents of the course.

 

Le lezioni si terranno in lingua inglese.

Parte del material didattico verrà reso disponibile sulla piattaforma Moodle.

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Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

 Students will have a final exam counting for 80% of the final mark. Three questions related to the content of the course will be asked to the students. 20% of the final mark will be awarded depending on the quality of oral participation by the student during the classes.

Students who cannot attend classes or opt for the status of non-attending students will be evaluated solely by means of a written examination on the following three books:  Jonathan D. Spence, The search for Modern China, Norton, 1991; Scott Kennedy, State and Market in Contemporary China, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2016 (available at https://www.csis.org/node/352513); Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Gli studenti avranno un esame finale che conta per l'80% del voto finale. Saranno richieste tre domande relative al contenuto del corso agli studenti. Il restante 20% del voto finale sarà basato sulla qualità della partecipazione dello studente alle lezioni in aula.

 I non frequentanti dovranno sostenere unicamente un esame scritto sui seguenti testi: Jonathan D. Spence, The search for Modern China, Norton, 1991; Scott Kennedy, State and Market in Contemporary China, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2016 (disponibile su https://www.csis.org/node/352513); Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

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Attività di supporto

 Students are recommended to attend the TOChina Spring Seminars series: www.tochina.it/springseminars

 Si consiglia agli studenti di frequentare gli incontri dei TOChina Spring Seminars: www.tochina.it/springseminars

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Testi consigliati e bibliografia

 Important note: these books are not to be read entirely by the students. Specific chapter(s) will be indicated during the course to complement the classes

 - Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski (eds.), China's Great Economic Transformation, (Series Eds), Cambridge University Press, 2008.

 - Frank Dikötter, The Tragedy of Liberation 1945 - 1957, Bloomsbury Press, 2014.

 - Scott Kennedy, State and Market in Contemporary China, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2016 (available at https://www.csis.org/node/35251).

 - Atul Kohli, State-directed development: political power and industrialization in the global periphery, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

 - Richard McGregor, The party: the secret world of China's communist rulers, Allen Lane, 2010.

 - Barry Naughton, Growing out of the Plan Chinese Economic Reform 1978 -1993, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

 - Carl Riskin, China's Political Economy. The Quest for Develoment since 1949, Oxford University Press, 1987.

 - Jonathan D. Spence, The search for Modern China, Norton, 1991.

 - Kellee S. Tsai, Capitalism without Democracy, Cornell University Press, 2007.

 - Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

 Il corso utilizzerà alcuni capitoli, indicati dal docente durante le lezioni, dei seguenti testi:

 - Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski (eds.), China's Great Economic Transformation, (Series Eds), Cambridge University Press, 2008.

 - Frank Dikötter, The Tragedy of Liberation 1945 - 1957, Bloomsbury Press, 2014.

 - Scott Kennedy, State and Market in Contemporary China, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2016 (available at https://www.csis.org/node/35251).

 - Atul Kohli, State-directed development: political power and industrialization in the global periphery, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

 - Richard McGregor, The party: the secret world of China's communist rulers, Allen Lane, 2010.

 - Barry Naughton, Growing out of the Plan Chinese Economic Reform 1978 -1993, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

 - Carl Riskin, China's Political Economy. The Quest for Develoment since 1949, Oxford University Press, 1987.

 - Jonathan D. Spence, The search for Modern China, Norton, 1991.

 - Kellee S. Tsai, Capitalism without Democracy, Cornell University Press, 2007.

 - Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

 

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