Political Debates in the People's Republic of China: Ideas and Implications

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Political Debates in the PRC
Spring 2024
Taught By: Yichuan Zhou
Section: A

CRN: 14774

Credits: 4

"“Confucius said: ‘Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.’ ‘The benevolent man loves others.’ Who did he love? All men? Nothing of the kind. Did he love the exploiters? It wasn’t exactly that, either. He loved only a part of the exploiters.” (Mao, 1964, Talk on questions of philosophy) “The power of role models is infinite. You should take them as examples in pursuing virtues. Confucius said, ‘When we see men of virtue, we should think of equaling them.’” (Xi, 2014, Foster and practice core socialist values from childhood) Why is the People’s Republic of China ideologically different from the West? To what extent have the recent political developments, including the Hong Kong social unrest, Xi’s third term, and the “Zero Covid Policy” shaped post-pandemic China? Is a democratic future still imaginable? In this course, we aim to answer these questions within broader historical and theoretical contexts, focusing on PRC’s political debates that have profoundly shaped the country’s socio-political transitions from the Maoist era to Xi’s rise to power. We will read the philosophical texts concerning the ideology, legitimacy, and ruling principles of the Communist Party, as well as political-economic analyses of the current system. In particular, we try to understand the regime’s ruptures, contradictions, and unsolved dilemmas. Meanwhile, an investigation of Chinese politics will shed new light on our understanding of questions that equally challenge the West, not least party politics, representativeness, revolutionary movements, etc. In this sense, China is both a subject and a method for the inquiries of this course. "

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:14am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 909
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024