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Modern Chinese Economy B


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 and investment and financial system. It has established links with various players in the international economic system including foreign states and other public sectors, private companies, regional economic mechanisms, and international organizations.
Examination of these links help us acquire a comprehensive understanding of China’s dynamic role in today’s international economic system. It helps us understand certain domestic economic policies and policy changes in the past three decades. It enables us to locate China in an increasingly integrated world economy. It also reveals China’s potential role in the governance of international economy regarding the issues like financial stability, environment governance, labour conditions, and so on . The course applies international political economy (IPE) theoretical framework and methods of area studies.
The Course will start from an introduction to IPE theory and how it is applied to China. It will followed by discussions of China in the era of globalization and regionalization, China’s role in the international trade and investment system, China’s role in the governance of international financial economy, China and the WTO, China’s economic relationship with the US, China’s economic relationships with other emerging market economies, China in Africa, China’s economic relationships with less developed countries, China’s role in Asia, and China’s foreign investment in the world.

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 analysis of China’s economic development in the international context. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature and formulate original research questions. They should also develop the skills of presentation, group work, and academic writing.


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Mode of instruction

Seminar: the instructor gives a talk in the first half of the seminar (including some interactions with the students), and the students are required to participate in discussions of relevant questions/topics. The discussions take forms of group discussion, debate, role play game, and so on. The students should finish the required reading and prepare for the relevant questions/topics (that are sent to the student in advance) before they come to the seminars.

Course load

Total: 140 hours (5EC x 28 hours)

Assessment method

20% Attendance and participation in the seminars
20% Presentation
60% Final essay

The final grade is given on the basis of all three components above. Failure to complete a component can not 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.