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PLT4299 - China: The quest for modernisation

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Dennis Woodward

Offered

Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

A study of China's attempts to modernise in the wake of the Western impact last century emphasising the political economy. Key historical debates and the various development strategies pursued in China since 1949. Critical examination of the Soviet-inspired First Five Year Plan, the 'Maoist' programs of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, and the various gyrations of the post-Mao 'reforms' constitute the main body of the unit.

Assessment

Essay (6000 words): 50%
Seminar presentation and participation: 10%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

Prohibitions

COS4299

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