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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 the students an overview of the development in Chinese political economy from the ‘liberation’ to the present. In this course, we explore various aspects of China’s economic development, including:

  • reforms of government policies and policy processes in order to accelerate economic development;

  • ideological changes in government policy making and those among Chinese citizens due to economic development;

  • dynamic changes in China’s economic regimes including those in the industrial structure, urban-rural relations, the social welfare system, and so on;

  • and the challenges faced by the Chinese society during the economic development such as inequality, ‘middle income trap’, financial instability, environmental degradation, and so on.

In addition, the analysis of China’s domestic political economy is located in a wider (for instance, Asian regional and international) context, which helps the students understand better some specific economic and social policies and their impacts (for example, we must recognize China’s dynamic position in the international economy in order to understand its foreign 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 learn the important facts and events of China’s domestic economic development from ‘liberation’ to the present, understand the causes and impacts of key economic reforms in this period, and analyze the results and challenges of economic development in China. They should develop skills of critical thinking and qualitative analysis of Chinese economy in the social and political contexts. They should develop capabilities to search for relevant literature, news articles and other secondary sources for their assignments. They should also develop the skills of academic writing.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Interactive lecture

Assessment method


  • 30% mid-term timed essay

  • 70% final essay


See above.

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

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The Reading list will be uploaded on Brightspace before the course starts.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


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