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EJPR 12A01 - Winter Workshop: Behind the News: Xi Jinping : "a new era"?

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 15

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

At the end of the 19th Party Congress in October 2017, the President of China Xi Jinping proudly acknowledged that thanks to decades of “tireless struggle” the People's Republic of China eventually stood “tall and firm in the East”. In line with this remarkable achievement, President Xi heralded the dawn of a “New Era” of Chinese politics and power. In this “New Era”, Xi Jinping expects China to move “closer to centre stage and making greater contributions to mankind.” However, Xi also explained that “It will take more than drum beating and gong clanging” to make the “China Dream” possible, and everybody's contribution will be needed to make the “New Era” a reality, using the motto “let us get behind the strong leadership of the party and engage in a tenacious struggle” as his personal call to action. China has been changing a lot during the last few decades, and Xi Jinping's contribution to the country's reshaping and “rejuvenation” is appearing as even more significant than the ones of his predecessors. What do these changes say about China? How can we use existing literature to understand what is China doing and where it is heading to? How can we process contemporary news to get useful insights on what is happening in the country? This subject is meant to offer useful tips and tools to create links and synergies among current events and Social Sciences/International Relations literature and theories. Using China as a case study, students will have the chance to better understand what kind of leader President Xi Jinping is; the country he wants to build; and how his strategies, policies and thoughts are understood outside China.


ASTARITA, Claudia (PhD. Lecturer)

Pedagogical format

The workshop revolves around three sessions. During each session, 2,5 hours will be devoted to systematically cover the topic of the session, while the other 2,5 hours will be used to compare theory and mainstream interpretations with a reality made of China's official remarks, propaganda, approved historical narrative, symbolism and foreign interpretations of the topic/event. Debate and group work will be encouraged for this second part, while the first one will be more similar to a traditional lecture.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to actively participate in in-class activities and debates. Also, each student will be asked to submit a research paper on a topic previously agreed with the instructor.

Required reading

“For China, a fine line between 'Great Leader Xi' and 'Xi, the great leader'”, Wang Xiangwei, South China Morning Post (Online)

Additional required reading

  • Following the Leader : Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, David Lampton, University of California Press, 2014. Chapter 1: “Evolution in the Revolution”
  • Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping : Renaissance, Reform, or Retrogression?, Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Taylor and Francis, 2015, Chapter 2: “The Making of a New Helmsman”
  • Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era: New Leaders, New Challenges”, Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Taylor and Francis, 2006. Chapter 7: “Where is the New Thinking”
  • “Rising Confidence Behind the “Chinese Dream”, Shiping Zheng, Journal of Chinese Political Science, (2014) 19:35–48