Analysis of contemporary Chinese society

lasi2302  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Analysis of contemporary Chinese society
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Servais Paul;
Main themes
General introduction to the study of the Indian sub-continent since 1947.
The course will put a special emphasis upon the different aspects of contemporary Indian society, in particular social organisation, politics and the economy. The caste system will receive a special attention both from the point of view of its traditional aspects and its recent transformations. We shall also see how the contemporary political system links modernity and tradition. A special attention will be devoted to the study of economics, both from the local and general points of view. Specific themes will also be dealt with, such as poverty, population problems, urbanisation, etc. A number of texts will be made available to the student.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will be capable of gathering the adequate sources available on different questions relative to India as studied during the lectures. He/She will be able to analyse and synthetise those sources.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
For every theme studied, a documentary file and a general introduction will be provided by the teacher; this will be followed by an oral and written presentation by students of a critical synthesis with a special emphasis on the characteristics of the sources which have been used, their biases and their corollary shortcomings; the informations provided by the authors and their conclusions will also be critically analysed.
Teaching methods
The student's personal work is essential to this course.
Evaluation methods
- oral presentation of a file : 30%
- written presentation of a file : 40%;
- critical appraisal of the files presented during the course: 30%.
Other information
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General