• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

Who gets what, and why, and how, from contemporary China's development? In this upper-level seminar course, students will examine debates about theories and concepts of development, the politics of development policy making and implementation, and distribution of the costs and benefits of development. Throughout the course,  theories will be illustrated and tested by examining case studies drawn from China's development experience. The case studies will centre on:

• socialist, modernization, neo-liberal and neo-statist theories of development

• the political economy of China's development: from planned economy to global markets

• development policy: lobbying, design and implementation in China

• corruption and development capacities

• land, agricultural livelihoods and food security concerns: the nation and the household

• power, gender and agency in development practice

• distributive conflicts in domestic development

• China's interventions in global development

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirement of the course, students should be able to:

1. Understand debates about major theories, concepts and models of development in China;

2. Apply their understanding of those debates in commentary on the competing agendas and roles of participants in development in China;

3. Evaluate different approaches to development policy and project implementation;

4. Critically analyse the dilemmas associated with an aspect of development in China;

5. Design, research and produce an essay analysing an aspect of China's development or China's interventions in global development;

6. Express themselves clearly in verbal and written formats, on aspects of China's development politics 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation (10%);
  2. Review of key concepts: 1,000 words (25%);
  3. Research essay proposal: 1,000 words (20%);
  4. Research essay: 3,000 words (45%).

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Two contact hours per week, and an additional 6 hours of private study listening to pre-recorded lectures, reading, conducting research and writing assignments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be made available on Wattle.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4044 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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