17.544 Comparative Politics and China

Fall 2002

Street scene in Beijing.
Odds stacked against them. Coal briquettes stacked against a restaurant in Beijing are a reminder of the cause of China's worst air pollution. (Environmental Health Perspectives.)

Course Highlights

Highlights of this course include assignments with examples of internet resources and a detailed reading list.

Course Description

This graduate seminar has two main goals: to explore the main theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of contemporary Chinese politics; and to relate those approches to broader trends in the field of comparative politics. What has the study of China contributed to the field of comparative politics, and vice versa? What are the most effective ways to integrate area studies, broader comparative approaches, and theory? Seminar presumes a basic understanding of the history and politics of contemporary China.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Edward Steinfeld

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session