You are part of a policy working group researching some of the most sensitive policy issues for the party. For this assignment, you have been tasked with reviewing a handful of foreign articles from the Opposing Viewpoints in Context book series and researching the arguments presented. Comrade Xi Jinping himself has asked you to draw on this information to present the best possible case for – and against – democratization in China.
The Chinese Communist Party should embrace democratic reform in the People’s Republic of China. In this context, we will define democracy as governance by represents selected by openly contested elections as well as protections of common liberal rights like free press, free speech, and equal protection under law.
First, we will work together on a collective Google Doc to review the key arguments and evidence from each text. (20 minutes during class).
Second, you will work individually on a guided research (Google Doc) on the issues identified during this process. Our goal is for each of us to utilize at least one book and one book review for this exercise. (20 minutes in class plus up to an hour for homework).
Third, on Wednesday, you will be assigned randomly to teams to argue either for or against the statement. (approximately 30 minutes of planning time in class, 30 minutes for debate, with the remaining time reserved for debriefing).