ASOA15080U Sociological perspectives on contemporary China
Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics
China’s economic rise is reshaping the international arena with
few counties in the world unaffected by this reality. Constructive
engagement and a clear understanding of the changing world order
requires a deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese society. As
such, this course uses a sociological lens and provides a survey of
contemporary Chinese society.
There are three main goals of the course. First, it will provide students with a nuanced understanding of Chinese society. The second goal is that students will learn about relevant sociological theory and see how it lends insight into aspects of Chinese society. The third goal is to use sociological theory and insights to delve into current debates in Chinese society. For example, we will explore demographic trends such as the aging population, declining birth rates, and if, or how, ending the “one-child” policy will effect these trends. Other substantive topics covered include the Chinese economy and reform, social inequality, civil society and social movements, gender and sexuality
- Students should be able to explain different aspects of contemporary Chinese society in a way that moves beyond simplification to capture the nuances of the reality.
- Students should be able to identify some of the most relevant sociological theory used to understand different aspects of contemporary Chinese society.
- Students should be able to theorize the different aspects of Chinese society.
- Students should be able to identify, reflect on and contribute to current debates on the subject area using scholarly insights.
- Student should be able to summarize and communicate complex sociological debates clearly.
Students should be able to add informed comments and new insights into debates about some aspect of Chinese society (e.g. “leftover women” or the role of civil society in maintaining social order in the Chinese context).
- Students should be able to identify which theories have developed out of the Western developmental experience, as compared to subaltern or indigenous theories, and they should be able to evaluate and compare strengths and weaknesses of the different theoretical orientations.
Selections from these, and other, books/articles will be included in the course:
Bian, Yanjie. 2002. “Chinese Social Stratification and Social Mobility.” Annual Review of Sociology 28 (1): 91–116.
Fei, Hsiao-tʻung, Xiaotong Fei, Gary G Hamilton, and Wang Zheng. 1992. From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society. Univ of California Press.
Fincher, Leta Hong. 2016. Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Zed Books Ltd.
Gaetano, Arianne M, and Tamara Jacka. 2004. On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China. Columbia University Press.
Hung, Ho-fung. 2009. China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism. JHU Press.
Jacka, Tamara, Andrew B Kipnis, and Sally Sargeson. 2013. Contemporary China: Society and Social Change. Cambridge University Press.
Lee, Ching Kwan. 2007. Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt. Univ of California Press.
———. 2017. “The Spectre of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa.”
Lieberthal, Kenneth. 1995. Governing China: From Revolution through Reform. WW Norton.
Naughton, Barry J. 2006. The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth. MIT press.
Xie, Yu, and Yongai Jin. 2015. “Household Wealth in China.” Chinese Sociological Review 47 (3): 203–29.
Xie, Yu, and Xiang Zhou. 2014. “Income Inequality in Today’s China.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (19): 6928–33.
The student-led discussion allows for peer-feedback and create space to connect to the lecture.
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester and December 1 for Spring semester.
The ordinary period for registration for summer school is from November 15'th to December 1'st
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15'th to June 1'st
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
Exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form which you find here: course registration
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual/group.
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit students can be at either bachelor or master level
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
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Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
The curriculum is currently being revised and because of that, there can be changes in the re-exam types.
We will update the descriptions here on kurser.ku.dk as soon as they are approved by the Faculty.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcome