This second-year regional optional module provides students with a historical and contemporary analysis of economic, institutional, political, and social developments in China. The module begins with an investigation into the reasons why and how China evolved from a socialist to a state-led market economy to issues of institutions, governance, and policy-making. The module then addresses pressing issues emerged from the transition including social inequality, gender and ethnic relations, geographical inequality, education provision, health reforms and the environmental deterioration. We conclude with a discussion of China’s re-integration into the global economy, the role of the state in international trade, the government’s global economic aspirations and prospects for development. We also highlight that China’s transition has great implications on the life opportunities and life chances of different social groups. This module will therefore provide students with a firm understanding of the historical and contemporary economic, political, and social processes shaping China’s development trajectory.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Taught by: Ye Liu
Module assessment - more information
1 x 1,500 Words Essay (50%); and 1 x 2 Hour Exam (50%)