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This course offers a critical overview of various aspects of the education system of contemporary China. Among the issues covered are:

  • The recent history of the education system and the factors influencing major shifts in national policy
  • The rural-urban divide in Chinese education
  • The role of schooling in political socialization (i.e. identity formation, ‘patriotic education’), as this relates to different sectors in Chinese society (Han / ‘minority’, men / women, etc.)
  • Tensions between curriculum reform efforts and the public examination system

Students will read and discuss excerpts from Education and Society in Post-Mao China (a new study co-authored by Dr. Vickers and Zeng Xiaodong), and readings by a variety of Chinese and overseas scholars.

Convener: Dr. Edward Vickers, Dept of Education


Course Information

  • Course Location: Hakozaki Campus
  • Course Delivery: Seminar
  • Course Duration: Summer semester, Thursdays 18:30-20:00
  • Next Course Intake: April 2016
  • Contacts: vickers.edward.645@m.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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