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OGLM 3050 - Chinese Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Since the end of the 1990s the Chinese metropolis have experienced a complete reshaping. In all large cities, the state has transformed the transportation system, real estate markets, consumption channels and the institutions in charge of population control. In less than twenty years, the Chinese urbanites have become car drivers, homeowners, consumers of cultural events, white collars and, to a certain extent, citizens of internationalized cities. The course aims at analyzing the consequences of this “great transformation” on urban life. What has changed in terms of social relationships, lifestyles, political and cultural representations, if we compare to the Chinese society in the early 1980s? Particular attention will be given to the biggest metropolis with a focus on Beijing and Shanghai.


ROCCA, Jean-Louis (Chargé de recherches, CERI - Sciences Po)

Course validation

Students are expected to read all texts indicated and able to discuss them in class (participation: 20%). Every text will be presented by one student (40%). In addition, students are required to write a (4000 word) essay on a topic approved by me (40%). Grading Criteria for essays : 1. A clear direction for your paper and accurate answers for the test. 2. Do you seriously consider arguments other than those you make? Do you address evidence that does not support your position? 3. Clarity of Presentation. Are your ideas clearly expressed? Can a reader easily identify your main points? Are the ideas presented elaborated sufficiently? Are there sign-posts to guide the reader? Are terms defined?

Required reading

Jean-Louis Rocca, A sociology of modern China, London: Hurst, 2016