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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 development in Chinese political economy from the ‘liberation’ to the present. In this course, we explore various aspects of China’s economic development, including the reforms of government policies and policy processes in order to accelerate the economic development; the ideological changes in government policy making and among Chinese citizens due to the economic development; dynamic changes in China’s economic regimes including those in the industrial structure, urban-rural relations, and the social welfare system; and the challenges faced by the Chinese society during the economic development such as the income inequality, regional gaps, the maintenance of financial stability, the environmental governance, and so on.
In addition, the analysis of China’s domestic political economy is located in a wider -regional and international- context, which helps the students understand better some specific economic and social policies and their impacts (e.g. We must recognize China’s dynamic position in the international economy in order to understand the government policies on trade and investment and their effects 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 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 academic writing.

Time table

See time table

Mode of instruction

  • 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 the readings before the lectures.

Course load

Total: 140 hours (5EC x 28 hours)

Class: 24 hours
Mid-term exam: 2 hours
Studying compulsory literature: 60 hours
Revising for the midterm exam and completing (including preparing and writing) the final essay: 54 hours

Assessment method

  • 40% Midterm 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.

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.


The course uses Blackboard for announcements, course documents, and assignments, etc.

Required list

The Reading list will be updated. Check Blackboard for updated reading list.


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

See also ‘Course and exam enrolment’ for registration deadlines and information about registration and how to unsubscribe for courses.


For further information about the contents of the course, please contact Ms. Yujing Tan