professor
Elizabeth Economy

Jan 2004

First of all, the above review was just inaccurate - the class spent only 2 or 3 weeks on history. Secondly, the reading list was a who's who of Chinese scholarship - while isssues were examined from several different angles much of the time, occasionally only one article was included b/c the author offered the best analysis of the issue. This class is not for someone who wants an intro to comparative politics, nor is it for someone who is just looking to cover a major cultures. Domestic Politics very often deal w/dry issues, so be prepared if you aren't fascinated by Chinese environmental policy. While Economy is definitely not a seasoned lecturer, her teaching style is simple and straightforward - probably the result of having been trained to brief politicians and diplomats at the CIA. That being said, she is very generous with her time and encourages students to email, call and visit her with questions or comments. All in all, a great class if you are interested in the material. If not, go elsewhere b/c she won't sell it to you.

Jan 2004

Don't bother with this class, especially if you have already taken other courses in Chinese history/politics. She spends the first half of the semester covering the history of China and the second half inviting friends that talk about their studies. The readings were very repetitious to the point where I felt I was reading the same thing ove and over again throughout the semester. They all seemed one sided, and never giving us another perspective to consider. Her lectures were even more boring. She gets up in front of the class and regurgetates everything we had to read. She speaks so fast that you don't have time to write decent notes, but what is worse is that she re-reads most of the material in her lectures.