OSHR 1169 - The Rise and Fall of Great Powers: Perspectives on Contemporary China and the West

  • Noncredit
  • Off-Campus

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The West - particularly the North European nations and the United States - has dominated the world since 1750. With the rapid economic development of China, India, and others, however, it appears to many scholars and pundits that the days of Western predominance are numbered.

This course will explore the reasons for the "rise of the West" and assess the likely future of global civilization in the 21st century. Is the United States in irreversible decline?

Is China the "inevitable superpower" or is it destined to be the "Middling Kingdom" or "Empire of Corruption?"

Readings: Dodson, Bill, 2011. China Inside Out: Ten Irreversible Trends Re-Shaping China and Its Relationship with the World. New York: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-47082643-0. Wasserstrom, Jeffrey, 2010. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539412-2.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.