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Modern Chinese Economy and Development


Admission requirements

Successful completion of ‘Inleiding tot het huidige China A: Politiek, Economie en Maatschappij’ in BA1 is required


This course gives you an overview of the political and socio-economic development of China from the ‘liberation’ to the present. In this course, we explore various aspects of China’s economic development, including the reforms of government policies and policy processes in order to accelerate the economic development; the ideological changes in government policy making and among Chinese citizens due to the economic development; dynamic changes in China’s socio-economic regimes including those in the industrial structure, urban-rural relations, and the social welfare system; and the challenges faced by the Chinese society during the economic development such as the income inequality, regional gaps, the maintenance of financial stability, the environmental governance, and so on.
The analysis of China’s domestic economic development is located in a wider -regional and international- context, which helps the students understand better some specific policies and effects (e.g. We must recognize China’s dynamic position in the international economy in order to understand the government policies on trade and investment and their effects on the domestic industrial structure and labour movements).

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the students are expected to have good knowledge of China’s domestic economic development from ‘liberation’ to the present. They should develop skills of critical thinking and qualitative analysis of China’s economic development in social and political contexts. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature, news articles, and other secondary sources. They should also develop the skills of group work and academic writing.

Course load

Total: 140 hours (5EC x 28 hours)

Time table

See time table

Teaching method

The course consists of a series of 12 weekly based lectures. The lectures contain interactions with the students. The students are required to complete all readings in advance of the lectures, in order to help them engage during the lectures.

Test method

  • 40% Mid-Term Exam

  • 60% Final Essay

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


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

Required reading

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


Please register for this module in time through uSis. Those who have not registered, can unfortunately not be allowed to follow the course.

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For further information about the course, please contact Jue Wang