Reforms & Social Changes in China

This course will provide an overview of China’s ever-changing sociopolitical landscape since 1980. Beginning with analysis of such dynamic processes as industrialization, urbanization, and migration, the course traces and articulates a narrative of transformation and reform that will contextualize students’ understanding of China in the present and in the foreseeable future. Lectures and reading first review the structural reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping since the late 1970s as a turning point in China’s trajectory and then further explore and evaluate recent changes with special focus on education, healthcare, housing, and social welfare policies.

FacultyZHENG Lu
Deborah Davis


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