Ideologies and Social Movements in China's Modern Transformation
This course is open only to newly admitted first year students.
The 199Y seminars do not substitute for POL101Y1. Also, the 199Y seminars do not count toward the requirements of any of the Political Science programs.
THEMES: This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce students to the study of modern Chinese history. The second is to introduce a number of core concepts in social science, in particular, to explore the various meanings of the term ideology, focusing particularly on its embodiment in concrete social and political movements. It will seek to understand how ideas shape politics, analyzing the programmatic and socio-political attributes of ideologically driven movements and regimes. A consideration of modern China’s protracted revolutionary crisis from the mid-1800s to the present will serve as the raw material for this exploration.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.