Is Economic Development in China Making It More Democratic?

A sample lesson plan used for the 2016 Teachers Workshop Curriculum Development Session

Author: Patricia Ajemian
Essential Question: How will China’s developing communist economic structure impact the world’s future?
Summary: During the late 19th and 20th centuries, many American leaders have believed that capitalism, commerce and free trade will lead less developed countries toward democracy.  After the death of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping began to follow the “capitalist road” in the 1980s, making China the second richest country in the world today. Many people in the United States believe that as China industrializes and its standard of living rises, the Chinese people will begin to embrace democracy and turn away from the one-party system of government controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.  This lesson explores similarities and differences between the Chinese system of government and the American system of government.
Grade Level: 9th-12th grades
Subject Areas: 9-10th grade Modern World History CP, AS, Honors, 11th grade U.S. History CP, AS, Honors, 12th grade American Government, 12th grade Economics, International Relations, Asian Studies, Contemporary World History.
Keywords: Chinese Communist Party,  government, capitalism, one party system
Lesson Duration  3-5 class sessions

July 27, 2016
Source Used at 1990 Institute 2016 Teachers Workshop Curriculum Development Session


Lesson Plan (PDF):  Is Economic Development in China Making It More Democratic

See Also:

China Moving Towards Democracy by Henry S. Rowen

PA -China is Not Moving Toward Democracy

China Resource Links 

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