CAH3853 - Contemporary China from an Anthropological Perspective

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chinese and History
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2020/21

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to engage students in an informed and critical study of post-1949 China. Focusing on the historical continuity of Chinese society as well as its breaking away from tradition in the contemporary era, the course encourages students to reflect on China’s social transformations over the past seven decades from an anthropological perspective. Key topics include: 1) historical and sociocultural institutions (Chinese kinship, gender and marriage, popular religion and rituals, language and arts); 2) socialist transformations and aftermath (rural and urban transformations, socialist revolution, and the post-Mao reforms); and 3) China’s new global engagements (environment and development, media and young citizenship, and emerging sociopolitical spaces). This course highlights the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of Chinese culture and history, as it draws from materials in other disciplines and beyond academia (such as journalism and documentary film) to supplement ethnographic readings on contemporary China.

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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