Self and Society in Contemporary China

HNR 360 - Self and Society in Contemporary China

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 43094
Section: M011
Credits: 3


Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Course Global Non-Euro, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
TuTh 11:00am-12:20pm

Carnegie 119

Course Description:

Within the lifetime of our students, China will become the world’s largest economy and possibly its biggest superpower, yet it remains a country about which Americans understand very little, including those in positions of authority. This course aims to introduce students in the Renee Crown Honors program, who are poised to become future leaders, to the problems and questions of everyday life in present-day China. Drawing from my background as a cultural anthropologist conducting research in China for the past twenty years, it will explore what it is like to be a citizen of the PRC in today’s world. The first part of the course examines the life cycle of a modern Chinese person from youth to old age in both rural and urban settings. The second part of the course considers the public Chinese person as s/he navigates work and employment, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and belonging as a citizen within a national and global society. In our examination of contemporary Chinese life, we will consider closely the changing position of China within an increasingly globalized world.