Course Description

ONLINE: How did China, a country beset by war, unrest and poverty, become an increasingly wealthy and globally relevant country over the past four decades? What does China’s rise and all the related impacts — economic, political and environmental — mean for the rest of the world and for the United States in particular? This lecture-based course will give students a greater understanding of how the rise of China has occurred. We will look at the many factors that are informing the worldview of its leadership and the general public, as well as the many continued obstacles to its progress. These challenges include: managing a multiethnic society of 1.4 billion people under a single-party system; a leader without term limits to his rule; balancing environmental protection with maintaining rapid growth in living standards; and alleviating the concerns of countries — both those nearby and the United States — that may consider China’s growth in geopolitical importance as threatening. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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