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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-economical development of China from ‘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 economic development; the ideological changes in government policy making and among Chinese citizens due to economic development; dynamic changes in China’s socio-economic regimes including industrial structure, urban-rural relations, and social welfare system; and the challenges faced by the Chinese society during economic development such as income (and regional) inequality, maintenance of financial stability, 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 government policies on trade and investment and their effects on 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 analysis of China’s economic development in social and political contexts. 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.

Course load

Total: 140 hours (5EC x 28 hours)

Time table

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Teaching method

Interactive lecture
The course consists of a series of 12 weekly based lectures. The lectures contain interactions with the students. The students are required to finish reading for the week before they come to the lectures, which help them contribute to the lecture and learn more effectively.

Test method

40% Short essay
60% Final essay (2000 words)

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

The final grade consists of the weighted average of both course components. If a student scores a non-passing grade (5,49 or lower) on the first attempt of the essay, s/he has the right to resit the essay. This applies to the short and the final essay.


Blackboard is used for regular course communication, general course proceedings, and information on reading material as well as assessment criteria. Please note: the powerpoint presentation of the 1st lecture contains important information about the course.

Students have to submit their assignments in hard-copy, as well as electronically through SafeAssign available on Blackboard.

Required reading

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


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For further information about the course, please contact Jue Wang