January 2021

Health Policy in China

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-431  |  Political Science, as POSC-431

Moodle site: Course


Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01J)


This intensive course will examine Chinese politics through the lens of health policy, from the founding of the People’s Republic of China through the Covid-19 pandemic. We will examine questions such as: Why has healthcare been a persistent challenge for an ostensibly communist ruling party? How has Chinese health policy changed over time and what has remained the same? How has healthcare been impacted by the vicissitudes of Chinese politics? How have Chinese politics shaped the country’s responses to the covid-19 pandemic? And how is the pandemic likely to impact Chinese politics? The course will include short research assignments that will take varied forms, such as papers and presentations. The course will be taught on-line.

Prerequisite: Previous experience or coursework related to China strongly preferred. Previous coursework in the social sciences will be an asset. Limited to 20 students.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to students with prior coursework or experience related to China.




If Overenrolled: Priority given to students with prior coursework on China


Attention to Research, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in January 2021, January 2022, Spring 2022