POLS211 - The Dragon Awakens: China and the New World

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: 36 hours of lectures and tutorials

Napoleon Bonaparte once dubbed China ‘the sleeping dragon’. But in the early twenty-first century, it seems that China has truly awoken from its slumber to become a world power with ambitions to reshape the global political order. This unit explores China’s rise through the political developments that have transformed Chinese society since 1949. Specifically, it explores the nature and evolution of Communist rule in China under Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping. It also analyses key contemporary social and political developments, including China’s meritocratic political system, the One Belt, One Road initiative, the growing disparity between urban and rural China, and China’s foreign interference. By tracing the key shifts in economic, social and cultural trends within China, and its emerging role as a regional and global superpower, the unit aims to offer students the skills necessary to critically analyse what the rise of China might mean for both Australia and the world in the so-called Asian Century.