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Modern China: The PRC's Political System



This course gives students a better understanding of the politics and governance of the People’s Republic of China. It will introduce both the PRC’s political system and some common ways to analyze Chinese political system in social sciences. It examines how policy is made in China and who are involved, and what kind of a role civil society and ordinary citizens have in the Chinese system.

Course objectives

During the course, students become familiar with Chinese policymaking processes and with common theories about the Chinese political system. They develop skills of presentation, academic writing, formulating a research question, and searching for relevant research literature independently.


Time and date check the relevant website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research (it is possible for students to write their BA thesis about a related topic)

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • Total course load for the course (number of EC x 28 hours), for a course of 5 EC is 140 hours, for 10 EC 280.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars (eg 2 hours per week x 14 weeks = 28 hours)

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature (as a possible criterion approx. 7 pages per hour with deviations up and down depending on the material to be studied) (if applicable) time for completing assignments, whether in preparation at the college

  • (If applicable) time to write a paper (including reading / research)

Assessment method

Ordinary students:
25% Attendance and class participation
25% Presentation
50% Final essay


Yes, Blackboard.

Reading list

Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


Registration through uSis. Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registrationprocedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.


For further information, please contact Taru Salmenkari