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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.


GOVT 3434 Chinese Empire & the Cambodian Experience

Course description

In this course, we will explore the political trajectories of two countries whose modern histories became intertwined in the 1950s and remain so today. In doing so, we will undertake an multidisciplinary tour that draws from history, political science, anthropology, archeology, and the visual arts to explore three major themes: This course examines the relationship between China Cambodia, going back a thousand years, but focusing primarily on two countries’ differing experiences with colonialism, the Cold War, and the politics of the present day. It also traces the bilateral relationship between China and Cambodia, paying special attention on the Khmer Rouge era (1975-1979). The course assumes no prior knowledge of China or Cambodia, although it would be a good idea for students to do some reading in advance of the class. We will combine lectures, discussions and field research, culminating with a final exam at the end of the course. Most of the lectures and discussions will take place at Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, with field trips to Angkor, Phnom Penh, Phnom Kulen, Anlong Veng, and Kampong Chhnang.


The next offering of this course is undetermined at this time. Find similar upcoming programs by tag: Asia (southeast), Asian studies, government, history, politics, winter

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