• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines contemporary Chinese society and social change. It has three main objectives: (1) to examine the social institutions and structures shaping everyday life, and the major sources of differentiation and inequality in Chinese society; (2) to understand contemporary Chinese society from historical perspectives, and explore the causes and consequences of social change; and (3) to examine Chinese society from a comparative perspective, and in relation to key concepts and debates in sociology and anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Draw on sociological concepts to evaluate debates about the nature of contemporary Chinese society and social change;
  2. Identify the structures, institutions and processes shaping contemporary Chinese society and social change;
  3. Analyse and discuss Chinese society and the major issues it faces in historical and comparative perspective;
  4. Produce an argument and marshal evidence for it.

Indicative Assessment

1. Tutorial participation 10% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

2. Tutorial presentation 10% [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

3. Tutorial paper 1000 15% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

4. Research essay 2500 words 40% [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

5. Final Examination (2 hrs) 25% [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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3 hours contact (lecture/tutorial) per week. Students are expected to commit up to 7 hours on independent study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Tamara Jacka, Andrew Kipnis and Sally Sargeson Contemporary China: Society and Social Change (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

A reading brick will be available.




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 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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