Social Transformations in Modern China

China’s transition from a command economy to a market economy has brought fundamental and rapid changes in its social structure and social relationships among members of different subgroups in society. The objective of this course is to offer an overview of emerging social issues in contemporary China, focusing on changes after 1949. This module offers sociological perspectives to examine topics such as changes and new challenges in Chinese families, gender roles, demographic structure and distribution, social safety net, and environment. The class will combine lectures, academic readings, films, sources from the mass media, and discussions.

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