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EAS396 Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern China


Welcome to this course guide created for EAS396 Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern China, taught by Dr. Wen-Ching Sung in the fall semester, 2016.  If you need further assistance in looking for library resources for your assignment, please contact Lucy Gan (, 416 978 1025), librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. 


In this course, students will learn to understand modern China from an understudied yet important perspective: the development of science and technology since the establishment of People’s Republic in 1949. Science and technology have played crucial parts in China’s political, economical, social, and cultural transformations. Drawing from anthropological, social, and historical studies of science, the course will examine, among other topics, science and nation-building, biopolitics, technocracy, and scientists’ self-fashioning at the junction of Communist reign and global capitalism.