This course examines the origins and consequences of China’s extraordinary re-emergence on the world stage. China’s rapid economic growth has in some respects confirmed the power of free markets, but at the same time it has challenged social scientists to think more deeply about the foundations and limits of the market economy. Furthermore, China’s ever-increasing economic freedom and prosperity has been accompanied by only limited steps toward greater political freedom, running counter to the widespread assumption that these go hand in hand. This course will provide students with the foundations for understanding how China came to be where it is and the ways in which this is already affecting every sphere of human activity.
There are no prerequisites, but familiarity with social science methodology at the level of PS 3 and economics at the level of Econ 1 will be helpful.
A draft syllabus is posted at peterlorentzen.com/teaching_files/PS143C_syllabus
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