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OSPBEIJ 20: Understanding China's Rise

This course is an overview China's economic trajectory since the 1980s. Students should finish the course with an understanding of the following issues: What made China's rapid economic advance possible? In what ways is China's rise historically unprecedented, and in what ways not? How is the Chinese model distinctive? What has changed from the planned economy era, and what has not? How do China's political institutions affect its economy? What are the most credible explanations for China's economic rise? What current challenges will shape China's future? To address these questions, we will trace the evolution of China's economy from the days of its modified Soviet-style system to the present state-directed market economy. We will specify how China's trajectory compares with other countries that have departed from the previous visions of state socialism, as well as economies in East Asia that have also experienced "miracle" growth. We will consider widely discussed limits of the Chinese model and problems that must be solved in the coming years. Along the way we will look closely at the engine that has driven China's growth, and the ways that China differs from almost all other major economies. We will also examine trends in inequality, demographic change, and educational expansion that may create constraints on China's future development. NOTE: OSPBEIJ 20 is the same as -Sociology 175/275/Global 194-. Students may not earn credit for both.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4
Instructors: ; Walder, A. (PI)

OSPBEIJ 25: China in the Global Economy

This is an upper-level seminar on China in the global economy. Focus will be on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The goal of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the BRI as a key initiative of China's efforts to globalize, which has engendered much attention, including suspicion. The approach examines what BRI is in theory and in practice, to understand how BRI has played out in different countries and different sectors over time. Specific questions addressed will include: What are the claims that have been made about BRI? What is the political and economic logic of BRI? Who are the key players? How much of this is controlled and coordinated by Beijing? How much by local authorities? What bureaucratic structures, if any, have been created to regulate this major initiative? Whose interests are being served with BRI? What are the challenges facing BRI? How have strategies evolved? How have international reactions affected China's globalization strategies? How has this affected US-China Relations? How does BRI affect domestic politics? Because of the complexity and likely variation in how BRI works in practice across different projects and countries, students will research a specific country or project that is part of BRI. To cover diverse aspects of the country in more depth students will form small research groups. To facilitate research, we will provide links to various databases useful for research on BRI. Student work will be graded individually and as part of a group project. NOTE: OSPBEIJ 25 is the same as -Political Science 248D/348D-. Students may not earn credit for both.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: ; Oi, J. (PI)

OSPBEIJ 30: The Economic Development of China: Past, Present and Future

This course is a survey course of economic development in China with emphasis on understanding the process of economic reform, transition, and development during the past 20 years. China now has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and China and the Chinese economy now receive a great deal of attention in the mass media. One goal of the course is to help students develop an informed perspective on the different historical stages, economic and political rationale, and effectiveness of the economic policies and institutional changes that have shaped China's economic emergence. In this sense, the course is very much a selected topics course with a broad range of topics covered, ranging from China's historical legacies, the Mao era, and the policies that generated growth in the post-Mao period. NOTE: Same as ECON 131. Students may not earn credit for both OSPBEIJ 30 and ECON 131.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: ; Rozelle, S. (PI)

OSPBEIJ 40: A New Cold War? Great Power Relations in the 21st Century

The end of the Cold War in 1991 was a glorious moment to be a multilateralist and liberal democrat. Even previously closed-off China had chosen the path of economic liberalization and some political reform. It seemed like the whole world wanted to become a democracy and join the democratic community of states. Today, great power competition is back with many describing our present era as a "New Cold War" between the United States and China. How did the international system go from euphoria about democracy, globalization, the West, and the United States three decades ago, to uncertainty about democracy, doubt about the liberal international order, and fear about the rise of illiberal great powers? Moreover, is the Cold War label an illuminating or distorting analogy, and how stable or enduring is this current moment of global confrontation? This course seeks to analyze contemporary U.S.-China relations. We will begin by reviewing the major theories in IR, from both Western and Chinese scholars. Then, in our second session, we will study the historical origins of U.S.-China relations, examining the interplay between three central drivers of international relations ? power, regime types, and leaders ? over time. The third part of the course will focus on assessing the similarities and differences between the Cold War and U.S.-China relations today along three dimensions of the international system: (1) power, (2) ideology, and (3) competing conceptions of global order. The fourth and final part of the course will discuss a set of concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. leaders can (and should) meet the challenge of great power competition in the 21st century. The main text for this course will be the draft of Professor McFaul's upcoming book, tentatively called Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for Competing with China and Russia Today, as well as accompanying academic books and articles. Sessions: 4/1, 4/3, 4/8, 4/10
Terms: Spr | Units: 2
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