• Offered by Australian Centre on China in the World
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Luigi Tomba
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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China: the Big Questions (ASIA8513)

While questions about China have become ubiquitous at the time of its return to international prominence, public debates have often been polarised around simplistic answers. This course is not about finding the right answers to these questions but rather about providing students with the appropriate background to form independent opinions about the most significant debates that surround China in the 21st century. Students will be exposed to a range of ideas about China from the perspectives of both humanities and social sciences, so as to develop an understanding of China's present and future in the context of its past.

Each week, one of CIW's academic staff (including Geremie R. Barmé, Jane Golley, Benjamin Penny and Luigi Tomba) will introduce and discuss major issues and debates surrounding one “Big Question”, such as: What is China and why study it? Is China capitalist? Is the Party in control? What do Chinese people believe? Is China a threat?

This course is designed to be delivered online. CIW will organise opportunities for on-campus students to interact with lecturers and tutors, including regular office hours and "CIW student days".

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9654 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A
9655 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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