Spring 2023

Crisis Governance

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

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as POSC 431 and ASLC 431) Do crises demand different approaches to governing? This course will examine how different regimes respond to crises and the implications for good governance and human rights. The course will utilize China's response to the Covid-19 pandemic as a central case study. We will study how Chinese politics shaped the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will also compare China's pandemic politics with other East Asian states, the US, and other cases as appropriate. Finally, we will use the case of the pandemic to examine how states might effectively respond to future crises, such as climate change. Students will write about, discuss, and present on topics related to these questions.

Requisite: At least one POSC course (200 level or above). Recommended previous experience or coursework related to China is strongly preferred. Previous coursework in the social sciences will be an asset.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Associate Professor Ratigan.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to seniors and political science majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, discussion, written work, presentations, lectures, group work, and individual research.

Offerings

2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in January 2021, January 2022, Spring 2022