I am only half way through the semester for this course. Since I saw that Prof. Wishnick was one of the most wanted for CULPA reviews, I decided to contribute. I really like this class, but I think it's mainly because I'm genuinely interested in Chinese politics. Prof. Wishnick is not one of the most extraordinary professors I've had, but she is knowledgeable, forthcoming, and very nice. I think I hold reservations because her lectures tend to be a little too slow and a bit boring. Sometimes I feel like everything she says in class is covered in the reading we did the night before. I always hope that she'll add something more to the lectures so I can better understand the mechanics and strategies behind the decisions made by the Chinese government, and sometimes she does, but more often she doesn't. But I find that the course is very well taught for a political science course. She chooses really informative reading material even though it is a lot. The reading really helps you understand the political situation of China since 1949. She also shows us 2-hour long videos every two weeks or so, which really gives you a good, visual sense of the political history.
In general, so far in the semester, I feel like this course is more like a history course than a political science course, which is fine by me because I'm a history major, so I like courses formatted like this. There's a lot more emphasis of how China came to be the way it is today than the inner workings of the Chinese government system. But I think the second half of the semester may fill this gap because we still have to cover a lot more material, like the Reform era, foreign policies, domestic policies, etc.. I really recommend this course because, not only is the subject intriguing, Prof. Wishnick really knows her stuff and is really, really nice.