Institutions and Political Process in China

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
L-OR/21 SPS/14
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the students with the appropriate tools to study and research on relevant aspects of the contemporary Chinese reality, starting from the necessary historical and political contextualization. Issues like identity and nationalism, State and government, party and organization, HR, information and media, will be investigated following the red thread of 'narrative' , laying stress on the representation made by Chinese official and non-official discourse. The students will be required to work in groups and discuss on selected topics, in order to train their critical abilities and their communicative skills.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will allow the students to develop their learning skills through the reading of complex texts and their communication abilities thorough presentations and discussions of papers and multimedia documents. A critical approach will be encouraged and stimulated by means of discussions, panel presentations, debates, conferences and talks with experts of the field.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Due to the difficulties we are facing, the program will temporarily be subjected to changes as the course will partially will develop online:

Teaching methods:
Lessons will mainly be held in videoconference using Teams, with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (videolessons). All lessons will be recorded and made available on Ariel.

Any updates will be communicated on Ariel before the beginning of the course.

Reference materials:
In addition to the bibliography reported in the program, reference should be made to all the lessons, materials and resources published on Ariel.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam is oral.

The oral exam takes place on Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. Any communication on deadlines and organisation of the tests will be published on Ariel.

The oral exam is the same for both attended and non-attended students, with the only difference that the oral conversation for non-attended students will consist of a greater number of questions.
Course syllabus
The course focuses on the interaction between modernity and tradition in contemporary China. From both an historical and a cultural perpective, it addresses key topics such as the definition of Chinese identity, the development of main political institutions (state and communist party) and the basic characteristics of the media system.
Prerequisites for admission
No previous skills are required, but a general knowledge of the main dynamics of global contemporary history is useful.
Teaching methods
This year the lessons of the course are borrowed from two other courses. Attending students will draw on:
1) 20 hours from Institutions and Political Processes in Asia (GOV)
2) 20 hours of Chinese Culture 1 (LIN), which will be held in the second semester.
Students are invited to participate and make contact with the teachers of these courses.
Teaching Resources
Teaching materials:
1) Alessandra C. Lavagnino, Bettina Mottura, Cina e modernità. Cultura e istituzioni dalle Guerre dell'oppio ad oggi, Carocci editore, Roma 2016;
2) Guido Samarani, La Cina contemporanea. Dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Einaudi, Torino 2017.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test including at least one question for each text adopted in the program. The discussion will focus on the ability of students to create links between different sources.
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 0
Lessons: 40 hours