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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 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 economic development in the evolving context of global political economy. It also reveals China’s potential role in the governance of international economy regarding the issues like financial stability, environment governance, labour conditions, etc.
The course will focus on the discussions of China’s role in the global political economy in the era of regionalization and globalization, including the topics such as China in the international trade system, China in the governance of international financial economy, China and the WTO, China’s economic relationship with the US, China and other emerging market economies, China and Africa, China in Asia, 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 analysis of China’s economic development in the international context. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature and formulate research questions. They should also develop the skills of oral presentation, group work, and academic writing.


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Teaching Method

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 engage 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 seminar exercises
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 final grade consists of the weighted average of all course components. A resit for the final essay is allowed if a student scores a non-passing grade (5,49 or lower) on the first attempt.


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.