Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society
East China Normal University
Area of Study
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5
Hours & Credits
China's transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts over the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students will be asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces.
The objectives of this course are
1) to expose students to a broad overview of social issues in contemporary China;
2) to deepen students' understanding of historical change and continuity, cultural diversity and the complexity of Chinese society;
3) to enable students to analyze social issues of relevance in China and beyond from critical and comparative perspectives;
4) to familiarize students with available resources for learning about Chinese society;
5) to facilitate students' exploration of the city life in Shanghai.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations