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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ILRIC 3380 - The Asian Century: The Rise of China and India

(crosslisted) AEM 3388 , ASIAN 3380 , CAPS 3387 , GOVT 3384  
     
Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ASIAN 6680 /GOVT 6384 /ILRIC 5380 .

E. Friedman, S. Kuruvilla.

The course will be thoroughly comparative in order to highlight both the specificity of each country as well as more generalizable dynamics of 21st century development. It will be divided into a number of inter-related modules. After a framing lecture, we will briefly cover the two countries’ distinct experiences with colonialism and centralized planning. Then we will move on to dynamics of growth, which will seek to explain the relative success of China in the era of market reforms. In analyzing political consequences, we will assess how new forms of cooperation and conflict have emerged. This will involve attention to both internal dynamics as well as how rapid development has seen an increasing accumulation of political power in the East. It goes without saying that accelerating growth has led to huge social change, resulting in profound reorganizations of Chinese and Indian society. Finally, the course will conclude by returning to our original question – is this indeed The Asian Century? What does the rise of China and India mean for the rest of the world, and how are these two giant nations likely to develop in the future?



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