Inquiry into politics and policy in contemporary China. Equal focus on political fundamentals and major new policy challenges. Political fundamentals include communist party, elite politics, policy process, political culture, legal reform, representation, interest groups, protests, political dissidence. Policy challenges include economic growth, socioeconomic inequality, political corruption, social media, human rights, population planning, environmental degradation, minority nationalities, China as global player. Course does not assume prior knowledge about China. Prior coursework in political science or policy helpful but not required.