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Contemporary China B: Politics, Economy and Society


Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of the BA1 course Inleiding tot het huidige China A.

  • Alternatively, having read the books below: . Mitter, Rana (2008), Modern China - A Very Short Introduction, Oxford.: Oxford University Press. . Naughton, Barry (2007), The Chinese Economy : Transition and Growth, Cambridge MA: The MIT Press. . Pieke, Frank (2016), Knowing China: A Twenty-First Century Guide. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press


This course engages with the structural social and political developments that are taking place in China, both in the rural and urban areas. There will be a focus on the social effects of the processes which shape society, the media, and perceptions of China´s international role. Students will learn how the Chinese themselves cope with both opportunities and obstacles available for them in a changing society. Problems involved in governing and controlling China’s rapidly changing society will have our special attention.

Course objectives

-Basic understanding of principles of social science research and its application in the Chinese context
-Further expansion and structuring of knowledge about modern China, intended as a first step towards specialization
-Developing general academic skills for study and research, including collecting, evaluating and applying information; the ability to read and listen critically and analytically; the ability to present verbally and in written form (active participation, class discussion, debating, writing term paper)
-Develop an understanding of social activities and situations in China, including the skills to engage in informed discussion about them


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Mode of instruction

Lecture course (13 weeks x 1 hour session) followed by seminar course (13 weeks x 1 hour session).

Course load

  • total study load: 140 hours

  • hours spent on taking lecture sessions: 13

  • preparation for seminar sessions: 60

  • time left for writing term paper (including reading / research): 67

Assessment method

Presentations: 40%
Term paper: 60%

The language used for both presentations and the term paper is English

Grading will only take place once a student has fullfilled all requirements. Partial results cannot be compensated.

Exam review

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.


Yes, Blackboard For making available (additional) sources, lectures, handing in term papers via SafeAssign, communication.

Reading list

As specified on Blackboard.


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Contact information

Prof.dr. S.R. Landsberger