• Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sally Sargeson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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 any courses.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be made available on Wattle.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
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2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6057 28 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 07 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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