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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 in government policies and policy processes in order to accelerate economic development in China; the ideological changes in government policy making and among Chinese citizens due to the economic development; dynamic changes in multiple dimensions of China’s socio-economic regimes including the agriculture, industrial structure, urban-rural relations, and the 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 in this course is located in regional and international contexts, which helps the students obtain a more thorough understanding of some specific policies and their effects. For example, we must recognize China’s dynamic positions in the international economy in order to understand the government’s trade and investment policies and their impacts 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 the time table

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 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.


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For further information about the course, please contact Jue Wang