UWA Handbook 2014

Unit details

ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China [UG]

Credit 6 points
Availability Semester 1 (see Timetable)
Details for new undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the CHNSA Chinese; CHNSB Chinese; CHNSI Chinese; CHNSP Chinese major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Asian Studies major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the major social, cultural and political issues that characterise contemporary China. A number of important issue/areas are analysed and researched by students including the ongoing transformation of the Communist Party of China; the development of a nascent civil society; the current state of rural China; the massive rural to urban migration; the impact of economic development on social life and the environment; and the significance of globalisation for Chinese society and culture.

Much of what is assumed to be known about China involves certain presuppositions and assumptions about the nature of political, social and cultural change. Students learn to distinguish the different presuppositions and assumptions which inform different approaches (e.g. media, business and state) to understanding China in the modern world. Students gain a solid base of knowledge and research skills relevant to the study of China in Asian Studies and Chinese Studies. They gain critical knowledge of the important social and political forces which are shaping contemporary China. They are trained and given the opportunity to apply various theories and modes of critical thought relating to the study of contemporary China.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) evaluate and describe critically major social issues in contemporary China; (2) critically relate these themes to important political, social and cultural trends in China; (3) distinguish between different discourses about China by various interest groups (e.g. states, media, business); (4) utilise a range of social and cultural theories to the issues they research; (5) express information and ideas coherently and logically in written form; (6) express information and ideas coherently and logically orally; and (7) recognise and practise ethical scholarship and develop more advanced research skills related to the discipline.
Assessment This comprises tutorial participation (15 per cent); a media watch report (15 per cent); a research essay (35 per cent); and an end-of-semester examination (35 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Gary Sigley
Location UWA (Crawley)
Mode on-campus
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 2 Asian Studies unit or two Level 2 Chinese language units
Incompatibility: ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Contact hours lectures: 20 hrs; tutorials: 9 hrs
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ASIA3003/SEM-1/2014

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