This course develops in students a critical and socio-legal understanding of the legal system and law in China. The focus is on contemporary character and political, economic-social functions of the law, but the historical construction of the laws and processes and Western influence in the Chinese legal development are also considered. Students should learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western legal systems. The relation of law and politico-economic system, culture, globalisation and other factors that influence legal outcomes are considered.
The course starts with an historical examination of legal development in China, with a focus on changing perceptions of law and perceived functions of law in society. It then analyses legal development since 1978 in a politico-economic and socio-legal context and, through which, it outlines contemporary roles and functions of law in China. Upon these analyses, the subject undertakes a detailed examination of specific brances of law, including constitutional law, administrative law, criminal and criminal procedure law, civil (contract and property) law, and foreign investment law. The course concludes with an examination of dispute resolution in China.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On the successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Describe, discuss, explain and analyse key notions and institutional arrangements of the Chinese law and Chinese legal system;
2. Outline, summarise and/or synthesise ideas and arguments about Chinese law and contemporary Chinese society, and critique those ideas;
3. Plan and complete a research project, with some independence;
4. Work cooperatively with others, and communicate a knowledge of Chinese law to a variety of audiences.
Indicative Assessment• Literature review: 30%
• Research essay: 70%
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|Last day to enrol
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|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jun 2015
|22 Jun 2015
|03 Jul 2015
|10 Aug 2015