Reforms and Social Changes in China

This course will provide an overview of China’s ever-changing sociopolitical climate in the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with Mao Zedong’s rise to power in 1949, the course will trace and articulate a narrative of transformation and reform that will contextualize students’ understanding of China in the present. It will focus on the economic reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping in the 1970s as a turning point in China’s trajectory. Lectures and reading will further explore issues related to urbanization and migration, stratification and inequality, healthcare reform, social governance, marriage patterns, and social welfare.

Applicable TowardsConcentration
Department Schwarzman Scholars
Credits 2
FacultyDeborah Davis
LI Qiang


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