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Class Highlight – Chinese Political Thought

Chinese political thought

What class?

Chinese Political Thought

Why is it cool?

“We practically know the West like the palm of our hand, but the West’s vision of the East is still a murky confusion. It is thus self-evident who would hold an advantageous position should there be any conflict in the future between the two.” – Ji Xianlin, Chinese historian and writer

Recent world events lead some to believe that America’s days as a global superpower are numbered. But is China predestined to be the successor? If so, how did they get to this point?

Chinese Political Thought introduces students to contemporary Chinese political beliefs and Chinese history, establishing a framework for understanding Chinese political culture and traditions. Students will study recent, current and emergent political issues shaping domestic and international policies and debates in China and Taiwan.

The class focuses on concepts from a broad range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, biography, international relations, economics, anthropology and cultural studies.

Throughout the class, students will depend on a variety of learning materials. News items detailing current events, as well as analyses published in mainstream Chinese, Taiwanese, international and U.S. media outlets, will be used along with historical documents and cultural artifacts. This class is cool because students will explore the current and future implications of contemporary events involving China, including those that develop in real time over the course of the semester.

Students will leave the class not only with an understanding of the current power structure in China and Taiwan, but with the ability to draw on recent history, ongoing issues, current events and emerging trends to think critically and hypothesize about potential socio-political change in the near, medium and distant future.

Contact your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Liberal Studies.

Tami Althoff
Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.

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