Since 1949, the new China has undertaken quite a transformation from the original central-planning system to the current socialism market economy. Now, China has become a major topic of discussion among ordinary people in daily life.
This course is designed to give students an overview of various aspects of the transformation process beginning in 1978, including the cultural and political background. The personal role of Deng Xiaoping is emphasized in the early stage of the process. The course tells a vivid story about how the country has moved to the current stage, and what kind of daunting challenges the country is facing in the 21 century.