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China and the Global Political Economy


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Chinese Economy and Development A (Chinese Economy and Development) is required.


In this course, we explore China’s dynamic role in the global economy since the ‘reform and opening up’ in 1978. China’s economic rise in the reform era is significantly connected to the development and proliferation of its external economic links to the world. China has increasingly engaged in the international trade, investment and financial system. It has established links with various actors in the international economic regime including foreign states and other foreign public actors, multinational enterprises, regional economic mechanisms, and international organizations.

Examination of these links help us acquire a comprehensive understanding of China’s economic development in the international context. It also reveals China’s potential role in the global economic governance regarding the issues such as financial stability, environmental protection, labour practices, development finance and so on.

The course will focus on China’s role in the global political economy in the era of regionalization and globalization, including the topics such as China’s role in the international trade system, China’s role in the regional and global financial governance, China’s outward foreign investment, China’s economic relationship with the US, emerging market economies, and African countries, China’s role in the Asia region, and Belt and Road Initiative.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the students are expected to learn the important facts and analyze the causes and impacts of key events about China’s dynamic role in the global economy. They should develop skills of critical thinking and qualitative analysis of China’s external economic relationship. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature, news articles and other secondary sources, analyze numerical data about Chinese and international economy and formulate research questions. They should also develop the skills of group work and academic writing.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar: the instructor will give an interactive lecture in the first half of the seminar. The students will engage in the discussions of relevant questions/topics during the rest of the seminar. The students must complete the readings and prepare for the questions in advance of the seminar.

Assessment method

  • Attendance and seminar discussion: 20%

  • Short essay: 30%

  • Final essay: 50%


See above.


The final grade is given on the basis of all three components above. Failure to complete a component cannot be compensated through other components.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The Reading list will be uploaded on Brightspace before the course starts.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office De Vrieshof.


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