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Chinese Economy and Development A


Admission requirements

Successful completion of ‘Inleiding tot het huidige China A: Politiek, Economie en Maatschappij’ in BA1 is required


This course will give a substantive overview of the main drivers of China’s economy and development. The course consists of three blocks. The first section introduces the main parameters or the “hardware” of the Chinese economy. The second section introduces the main theories and concepts of transition and development economics. This will be followed by an analysis of the applicability of these theories and concepts on China’s economic development from the 1930s until today. This course is an integral part of the minor “Chinese Economy and Society”, that provides a solid preparation for the MSc in “Chinese Economy and Business. See: MScBA Chinese Economy and Business

Course load

The work-load for this course will be approximately as follows:

  • Contact hours: 28 hours

  • Course reading: 56 hours

  • Preparing for assignments: 16 hours

  • Writing of paper: 40 hours
    Total: 140 hours (5EC x 28 hours)

Time table

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Teaching method

Lectures, tutorials and panel discussion

Course objectives

Participants in this course will acquire the following:

  • An understanding of basic theories and concepts of transition and development economics, and their relevance for the Chinese context;

  • An understanding of the critical issues and changes that drive China’s economy and development;

  • Skills of working with and processing academic and professional literature on China’s economy and development;

  • Ability to critically assess these literatures and to present own arguments in a clear and structured form;

  • Competence in small-scale independent research on Chinese economy and development for academic papers.

Completion of this course will be a pre-requisite for taking the higher-level module Chinese Economy and Development B in BA3.

Test method

In order to pass, the following will be required of the participants:

  • Paper outline, attendance and presentation (pass/fail)

  • Reading summaries and proposition (pass/fail);

  • Review with own argumentation (pass/fail)

  • Paper (100%)

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


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

Reading assignments given during class


Please register for this module in time through uSis. Those who have not registered, can unfortunately not be allowed to follow the course

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For further information about the course, please contact Ward Warmerdam


Attendance to the course is obligatory and will be registered during each session.