Freedom & Control

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Essential Questions: 
  • What kinds of freedom does the Chinese state deem necessary for economic growth and what kinds does it perceive to be threatening to national stability? 
  • Would too much freedom actually be damaging to China or the Chinese people? 
  • What is the role for democracy in Modern China?
  • The party-state
  • The emergence of democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Censorship and the flow of information
  • The suppression of Falun Gong
  • Forms of popular dissent
Skills and Processes: 
  • Understanding political systems in theory and practice
  • Diagnosing the political needs of modern China and identifying viable strategies of governance
  • Approaching a polarizing issue in a balanced, even-handed manner
  • China: A New History by John King Fairbank
  • China Road by Rob Gifford
  • Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
  • Understanding China by John Bryan Starr
  • Wild Grass by Ian Johnson