HIST 1136

HIST 1136

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

"Long Live Chairman Mao!" "Resist the American Imperialists!" When we think of Communist China, propaganda nearly always comes to mind. And yet, we rarely reflect on what exactly propaganda is? What are its ultimate goals? At whom is it directed? When and why is it effective? This course will delve deep into the world of propaganda and state power in the People's Republic of China from its founding in 1949 to the present. Students will engage directly with original Chinese propaganda publications including English-language periodicals and Mao's 'Little Red Book,' as well as audio-visual materials including posters, songs, and films. Writing assignments will encourage critical appraisals of the power and persuasion of state propaganda, as well as creative exercises exploring what makes for effective propaganda.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18298 HIST 1136   SEM 101

  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute