New Generation of Faculty Challenges China's 'Ideology' Courses

New Generation of Faculty Challenges China's 'Ideology' Courses 1

Qilai Shen for The Chronicle

In his required course, "Moral Education and the Fundamentals of Law," Hu Zhihui, a law professor at Fudan U., organizes a speed-dating game, a variation that the government probably did not envision.

Hu Zhihui is one of the most popular professors among undergraduates here at Fudan University, an elite institution in China. Students say they like his class because he talks about topics that are relevant to their lives: love, sex, how to be successful.

But Mr. Hu, a law professor, is popular also because he talks about democracy and human rights and criticism of the Communist Party of China—subjects that are the antithesis of what he is expected