Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political Science

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This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards gr... This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/7FpNL67EbE4
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33 Reviews for Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political Science

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Raquel Mac Donald

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 1 week ago
I really enjoyed learning from the professor, and the videos were very well done. The slides perfectly complemented the lectures. Although the questions/answers for the quizzes were often hyper-specific, this did mean I reviewed my notes again and more thoroughly, plus you can re-do the quizzes as often as you'd like.
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Jerry W

8/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
The professor was interesting, and the content was insightful. However, I did not find the quizzes to reinforce the learnings - too many questions that required memorizations of specific dates and #s that will have little value in the long run.
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John Fuller

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Well researched and presented course with an animated and experienced professor. It would be better with some updates [it's from 2015] but that may be in part II... Great unbiased start on understanding China. Thanks for your skilled and informed effort.
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Aarthi S.

4/10 starsDropped
3 months, 1 week ago
I personally didn't enjoy this course. It wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. I found it quite boring and too technical and uninteresting. Its not stimulating enough with the way its presented by the lecturer. And I didnt want to do the peer reviewed assignments, as im not interested in that kind of assessments... Wouldve preferred a different presentation to the course matter. I dropped this course as I just didn't enjoy it much from the beginning...
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Markus Hoffmann

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 1 week ago
The documents were very well prepared and professionally transmitted. The content helped me a lot to learn more about the structure of Chinese politics since the founding of the People's Republic of China. The knowledge imparted is fair and neutral, shedding light on the circumstances from a neutral and non-ideological point of view. In sum, I can recommend this course to anyone who wants to give their China knowledge a foundation of politics and history.
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Giorgi Simongulashvili

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 months, 1 week ago
Helpful, good opportunity for the students! I would do it again if possible, please give us that opportunity again, just to deepen the knowledge. Thanks to all putting effort in developing the video material, especially professor David. Would be glad to further participate in courses offered by you.
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4 months, 3 weeks ago
Amazingly explained, well documented. The course Provides a clear picture of all aspects of politics in China, as of 2015. He paints a vivid picture of the current undrestaning of political struggle
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D Terrell

8/10 starsCompleted
5 months, 1 week ago
I absolutely enjoyed the course. My only concern is that the lectures date to 2015 and is quickly becoming a History class, given the changes to China's relations with the world due to the policy changes in the 4th (2018) and 5th (2020) Plenum sessions, Hong Kong assimilation, and COVID-19.
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Russil Wvong

10/10 starsCompleted
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Provides a clear picture of all aspects of politics in China, as of 2015: its political structure (including the dominance and pervasiveness of the Party), the struggle to become leader and to consolidate power, policy implementation, societal engagement (including protests and passive resistance), political aspects of the economy (including the major waves of reform), and finally future developments. The instructor, Dr. David Zweig, is excellent: he presents the material clearly, and he has long experience in the field. I also found the readings quite helpful, although I should warn that you may need to use Google and archive.org to track them down.
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8/10 starsCompleted
7 months, 1 week ago
This course provided an insight to Chinese politics under the CCP. There are a lot of interesting arguments and a lot of researches are referred, as long as some of the researches of the instructor. At the same time, the instructor himself had done a lot of field works in China since 1970s, so that his own experiences are also contained in this course. Not only about China, the course also provides some basic knowledge about different themes in political science, as long as comparing with other countries. It can also help learning about other countries or fields in political science. The only flaw of this course is that it is taped in 2015, that Chinese politics, as long as world politics has changed a lot since 2015. And some of the articles (URLs) provided in the course cannot be used now.
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Pavithran Rajan

10/10 starsCompleted
7 months, 3 weeks ago
A good course that gives insight into modern China and the factors that go into its political economy. The lectures were interesting and professionally structured. Strongly recommended for students of contemporary China.
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Shannon Arthur

8/10 starsCompleted
8 months, 1 week ago
This is good course in that it provides a lot of insight into Chinese politics up to 2015. The lectures were interesting. The exams were tough, requiring synthesis of the material. I complained and will continue to do so about the broken links for the readings. The mentors were quite helpful and in a timely manner, although not everything got sorted. There was little class discussion, but that is common in Coursera classes.
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Evgeniya Katkova

10/10 starsCompleted
8 months, 1 week ago
A very good course for students and researchers studying China. I am studying China's foreign policy and it was very helpful for me to learn Chinese domestic policy. I would like to listen to Prof. Zweig's lectures on events after 2015.
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Arusyak Hovhannisyan

10/10 starsCompleted
8 months, 2 weeks ago
I've taken this course as I'm doing my research in Chinese foreign policy and I needed more insight on Chinese domestic and international politics. Prof. Zweig's lectures were interested, backed with surveys, facts, theoretical frameworks and his own experience as a researcher and a former student in China. I really enjoyed the course and I'm going to take Part 2 now!
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Valenin Martinez

10/10 starsCompleted
8 months, 3 weeks ago
The course was amazing, the content was pertinent to understand deeply about Chinese politics going beyond western media information. I would completely recommend this course to anyone interested in China.
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Gabriel Guaida

10/10 starsCompleted
9 months ago
The information was valuable and well explained, besides, the peer reviewed assignments let me deepen my understanding and organize my thoughts, as well as learning other people's views.
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Eric Z

8/10 starsCompleted
9 months ago
Though I disagree with some views in this course, I must say Professor David Zweig is an inspiring lecturer and he really has a deep understanding of China.
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Gopalakrishnan Jaishankar

10/10 starsCompleted
9 months, 2 weeks ago
The Course is excellently conducted with easy to understand content. Professor David Zweig is clear and measured in his delivery. The content is not too heavy with facts and figures, being a basic level course. However the material is dated by quite a few years and needs updation. The political changes and re emergence of cult of personality in Xi’s China are important contemporary issues. While foreign relations are not the main thrust of this course, that The Peaceful Rise theory has been abandoned by China should also figure prominently, in my view. Professor David should consider inclusion of videos and more graphical tables to illustrate his points more forcefully. While I appreciate that the length of each video is between 5-12 minutes only, this need not be a very restrictive factor. Just a few minutes of interesting videos interspersed in between will add variety and interest to the course content.
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10 months ago
Excellent! I am really grateful to meet Coursera! What a great website! This course gives me an interesting perspective of Chinese politics which lets me feel conducive.
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Susan Diane Jane

10/10 starsCompleted
10 months, 1 week ago
Interesting and great instructor with a wealth of experience, and very easy to follow. The course was a great introduction to how China works, past, present and future. Well presented videos with helpful Tables and charts. Good to be able to save notes directly and study again at a later date. Loved reading peer assignments and interacting on discussion points
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SK Lye

8/10 starsCompleted
10 months, 1 week ago
Excellent instructor co-relating life exposures and experiences to support his theory. Interesting story teller too. Very good insight provided by instructor over the future of China.
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Peter Bradford

10/10 starsCompleted
10 months, 1 week ago
Interesting content, well presented and complete! I would recommend for anyone interested in China's political system/history. China's role in the world is changing, our understanding of their culture and politics should be growing with that change!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
11 months, 1 week ago
Great course! The course does not require much background information and was both engaging and informative. I can really recommend this course to everyone who is interested in China.
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shree Jain

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 1 month ago
It was a very good experience learning online from Howard professor. it enhanced my knowledge about china and Chinese politics further. thank you so much.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 1 month ago
This is course is based on political science and specialized in China's present circumstances. The course is college level, but quite an alternative to Mainland's political course. Very interesting!
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1 year, 1 month ago
I like the content of this course. The instructor is excellent. The provider is excellent too. I hope to take a course in Chinese Politics Part 2 : China and the World. Thank you.
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10/10 stars
1 year, 2 months ago
A really informative course that I'll recommend to others who want to learn about China! I went faster than I anticipated due to the subject matter being so interesting.
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sriram Devatha

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 6 months ago
A good primer to China and its unique economic and policy system. I am excited to move onto the second part of this course.A must for anyone who is interested in china and its rise.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
Really informative and helpful! Some insider knowledge of China! It is a great experience to take such a wonderful course! I will recommend it to anyone who wants to know today's China.
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Geordie Klein

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Helpful course to get more knowledge about the Chinese political system. Especially the explanation of the CCP system and the linkage with the internal economy was helpful.
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