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China and the Global Political Economy


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Chinese Economy and Development A is required


In this course, we explore China’s dynamic role in the global economy in the post-1978 reform era. China’s economic rise in the post-1978 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 players 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 evolving context of the global political economy. It also reveals China’s potential role in the global economic governance regarding the issues such as international financial stability, environmental protection, labour practices, and so on.
The course will focus on the discussion of 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 global financial governance, China’s economic relationship with the US, China’s relationship with other emerging market economies, China’s economic activities in Africa, China’s role in the Asia region, China’s increasing outward foreign investment in the world, and so on.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the students are expected to have good knowledge of China’s dynamic role in the global economy in the post-1978 reform era. They should develop skills of critical thinking and qualitative analysis of China’s economic development in the international context. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature, news articles and other secondary sources and formulate original research questions. They should also develop the skills of group work, and academic writing.

Course load

5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours


Click here for the timetable.

Teaching Method

Seminar: the instructor gives a mini-lecture in the first half of the seminar (including constant interactions with the students). The students are required to engage in group discussions of relevant questions/topics for the rest of the seminar. The discussions take forms of group discussion, debate, role play game, and so on. The students must complete the readings and prepare for the questions in advance of the seminars..

Assessment method

20% Attendance and seminar discussion
30% Short essay
50% Final essay

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


The course uses Blackboard for announcements, course documents, and assignments, etc.

Reading list

The Reading list will be updated. Check Blackboard for updated reading list.


Please register for this module in time through uSis.

Contact information

For further information about the course, please contact Jue Wang.