Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Teachers : Claudia ASTARITA (PhD. Lecturer), Jean-François HUCHET (Chercheur, Directeur du centre ASIEs INALCO, Directeur Adjoint GIS Asie et Réseau Asie CNRS). Pedagogical Format : Lecture alone Course validation : one 3h ﬁnal exam Pedagogical Method : This class is composed by three sessions of two lectures each and aims at exploring China throughout different lenses. The ﬁrst one develops an economic approach (Prof. JF. Huchet), the second one a humanities related focus (Prof. C. Astarita) . Course Description : Lectures 1 and 2 : Capitalism in China The two exploratory lectures of four hours each course will use the theoretical framework of the variety of capitalisms in the world and in Asia to understand the speciﬁcities of China's contemporary economic development. The course will analyze the emergence and the evolution of capitalism in China and compared to the orthodox economic development textbook. After giving an historical overview of the economic development in China, the course will analyze several important policies (property rights, ﬁnancial reform, technology transfer) implemented after the launch of the reform policies in 1978. It will analysed the political and historical context and how it has interacted with the mode of growth in China. The course will also analyze what has been the role of the State in the rapid recent economic development of China (post 1980's). The course will also present the different challenges that China is facing currently to implement new reforms. Lectures 3, 4, 5 and 6 : Chinese identity Cultural, political, historical and philosophical identities are not a given in China. On the contrary, despite remaining rooted in the rich cultural heritage on the country, the Chinese identity has been constructed and reconstructed by the élites to nurture their own legitimacy and to secure popular support for their speciﬁc political vision. Not even Confucianism can be considered a philosophical framework that has been characterizing the Chinese population in a totalizing manner over a long period of time. What it “Chineseness”, then, and how can we deﬁne it ? This subject will guide you among all the changes that the Chinese identity has been 152
going through in the last few decades. Assessing bottom-up and top-down forces behind the transformation of what we consider “Chineseness” today, this subject explores the strong impact that nationalism, propaganda, ofﬁcial historical narrative and traditional Asian values had in creating China's contemporary image. Required reading : Richard McGregor, The party : the secret world of China's communist rulers, London ; New York, Allen Lane, 2010, 301 p.
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Domitille GERMAIN (Lecturer). Pedagogical Format : Workshop Course validation : To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments : 1°) Write correctly all basic strokes in kaishu style with the brush ; 2°) Show commitment and regular progress in the exploration of calligraphy ; 3°) Create a masterpiece at the end of the semester and explain it ; 4°) A short paper at home. Pedagogical Method : At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Master calligraphic techniques to understand and be able to reproduce from memory some characters structure and basic strokes in kaishu style ; 2°) Develop a curiosity for classical Chinese thinkers and concepts ; 3°) Enlarge their physical perception when reading and writing calligraphy. The focus is on practice of the art of calligraphy, based on characters which will be used as a progressive introduction to Chinese ancient thought. Course Description : This art workshop aims at discovering Chinese ancient thought, which is essential to understand China today, through the practice of Chinese calligraphy.Each session will focus on one major thinker or idea, introducing a series of representative characters which will be used to practice Chin