China in Comparative Perspective
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Stephan Feuchtwang, Dr Johannes Steinmuller OLD 5.06a and Dr William Matthews POR 2.02
This course is compulsory on the MSc in China in Comparative Perspective. This course is available on the MSc in Anthropology and Development, MSc in Anthropology and Development Management and MSc in Social Anthropology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Places are limited and priority is given to MSc China in Comparative Perspective students.
The main object of the course is to help students develop ways of putting the politics, economy and social life of China into a framework in which they can compare and juxtapose it with other major examples. Students will bring whatever theoretical approaches they have already learned and are continuing to learn in the disciplines they bring to the course. They will be expected to demonstrate and explain how they are using them as well as to listen to other approaches and disciplinary perspectives. The topics for each week are as follows: 1. Introduction; 2. The Imperial Bureaucracy; 3. Great and Little Tradition; 4. Chinese religions; 5. Long-term history and political economy comparisons; 6. Economic and demographic transitions; 7. Nationalism and the Modern State; 8. Revolution and Maoism; 9. Socialism; 10. Postsocialism; 11. The Countryside; 12. The City; 13. Family and Gender; 14. Property rights; 15. Consumerism; 16. School and ideology; 17. Civil society; 18. The Rule of Law; 19. Democracy and Political Reform; 20. Transnational China.
15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT. 15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour of seminars in the ST.
This course has reading week in Week 6 of both MT and LT.
Formative coursework consists of participation in weekly seminars, and the opportunity to discuss one formative essay in each of the MT and LT with the course convener or the student's academic mentor.
Deng, Kent G. 2003. ‘Development and its deadlock in imperial China’, Economic Development and Cultural Change 51:2, pp 479-522.
Fei Xiaotong 1992 . From the Soil, the Foundations of Chinese Society: A Translation of Fei Xiaotong’s Xiangtu Zhongguo, with an Introduction and Epilogue, transl. Gary Hamilton and Wang Zheng, Berkeley: University of California Press.
Goody, Jack 2006. The Theft of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Harrison, Henrietta 2001. China (Inventing the Nation). London: Arnold.
Kaviraj, Sudipta and Sunil Khilnani (eds) 2001. Civil society: history and possibilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stockman, Norman 2001. Understanding Chinese Society. Cambridge: Polity.
Spence, Jonathan D. 1991. The search for modern China. New York: Norton.
Van de Veer, Peter and Lehmann, Hartmut (eds) 1999. Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Weber, Max 1951. The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism, transl. Hans H. Gerth, New York: The Free Press.
Yan Yunxiang 2003. Private Life under Socialism. Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village 1949-1999. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Zarrow, Peter 2005. China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949. London: Routledge.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Total students 2017/18: 42
Average class size 2017/18: 14
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit