The Politics of China

Ref: C2227525

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China is now a superpower that is challenging the United States as the world's leading country. It remains very much a mystery to many and is seen in the West often as a sinister force. But beyond the headlines of Chinese suppression of protesters in Hong Kong or separatists in Xinjiang, what is the reality of China and Chinese politics? What are the forces that have propelled China from being a predominantly agrarian economy 40 years ago to being the manufacturing giant of the world today? How do the Chinese see themselves? What has become of Communism in an increasingly marketised economy. Where does China see itself heading in the next 50 years and what does this hold in store for the rest of us? These are some of the questions that will be explored and discussed in this course.

Additional information about this course

no course on 27/10/2020

Course aim

This course will trace the development of China and its politics with specific reference to the contemporary period of growth to its current superpower status.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • discuss the degree to which China has devised a unique politico-economic system in the last 30 years.
  • explain the influence of recent and ancient Chinese history on China today.
  • explain current and potential sources of conflict between China and other states.
  • appreciate the ideas and trends underlying Chinese politics.
  • present and discuss ideas both orally and in writing.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This is a very useful book for those who are really interested: William Joseph, 2019. Politics of China. OUP 3rd Edition.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Students successfully completing this module will be prepared for higher levels of study in politics and international relations.

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The Politics of China

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Waiting List Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

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