- WIDE ANGLE: THE PEOPLE’S COURT online video and program accompaniments
- computers with Internet access
- LCD projector and projection screen
- Hsu, Stephen C., ed. UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S LEGAL SYSTEM. New York: NYU Press, 2003.
- Peerenboom, Randall. CHINA’S LONG MARCH TOWARD RULE OF LAW. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- Turner, Karen G., James V. Feinerman, and R. Kent Guy, eds. THE LIMITS OF THE RULE OF LAW IN CHINA. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.
- WIDEANGLE TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
Report on China’s present and potential economic growth and status.
- CHINA FROM THE INSIDE
An exploration of China on topics ranging from democracy to women’s roles and emerging activism.
- FRONTLINE: CHINA IN THE RED
A look at the impact of China’s transformation on its people.
- COMMANDING HEIGHTS: THE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD ECONOMY
Promotes understanding globalization and world trade and economic development on the global economic system. China is included in the nation review; see Rule of Law in China timeline segment.
- FRONTLINE/WORLD: LIFE IN THE HEART OF CHINA
Four-part series featuring the travels of two filmmakers as they develop a documentary on China’s most remote areas.
- INDEPENDENT LENS: CHINA BLUE
Underscores how Western factories engage and treat Chinese employees, many migrant workers, while underscoring the impact of the country’s economic growth and progress.
- JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH: URBAN EXPLOSION
Addresses urban explosion, with a video segment on Shanghai.
- NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT: CHINA CENTURY OF CHANGE
Series of reports on China’s economic growth and its impact.
- Online NEWSHOUR: CHINA ON THE RISE
Seven-part series on China’s rise as an economic power.
- Online NEWSHOUR: THE CHINA TRADE DEBATE
Series of broadcasts covering human rights, free trade, and labor issues in China.
- CBC News Indepth: China
Focus on China’s economic growth.
- CNN.com: CNN Special Report: Asian Legal Systems
Includes article and interactive on China’s legal reforms.
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“China rule of law”
Perspectives on China’s rule of law.
“Testimony on Rule of Law in China”
Dr. Minxin Pei of the Carnegie Endowment testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing titled, “The Emergence of China Throughout Asia: Security and Economic Consequences for the U.S.”
- THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“Chinese rule-of-law activist becomes a case in point”
- Congressional Executive Commission on China
Rule of Law in China
Monitors and reports on aspects of Chinese rule of law.
- Human Rights Watch
“Beijing’s Rule of Law Retreat”
Article reflecting China’s rule of law in the present day.
“A young judge tests China’s legal system”
Examines the lack of judicial independence in the way the Chinese legal system’s structure.
- NEW YORK TIMES
“China’s Legal System: Rule by Law”
A series of articles addressing the current state of China’s legal system. Article on positive changes in Chinese legal system, as reported in a Chinese publication.
- PEOPLE’S DAILY ONLINE
“China’s legal system in transition”
Article underscoring the successful reformation of China’s legal system.
- United Nations in China
The Rule of Law in All Aspects of China’s Changing Society
Segment discussing the importance of the carefully structured rule of law in China, in light of the nation’s development.
- student graphic organizers
- modified U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund grant application (see Teacher Preparation and Culminating Activity)
- chart paper and markers
The following assumptions guide the proposed activities:
- are familiar with China’s political, economic, and legal history
- recognize the factors that have contributed to the nation’s economic progress
- recognize China’s socioeconomic and human rights issues
- have a solid grasp of the impact of China’s development on the nation’s citizens.
Preview THE PEOPLE’S COURT and related online content before presenting them to your class. Decide whether the class will view the entire video or specific segments (others than those noted in the lesson) to expand lesson concepts and topics.
Bookmark relevant Web sites on each computer in your classroom, and/or create a handout that lists recommended sites and resources that supplement the lesson; or upload all links to an online bookmarking utility, such as www.portaportal.com, so that students can access the information on these sites. Make sure that your computer has the necessary media players, like RealPlayer, to show streaming clips (if applicable).
Provide students with necessary background on China to fill knowledge gaps or refresh their memories on topics relevant to the lesson plan.