• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 or 6100 level courses.


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

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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.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6580 04 Jul 2016 04 Jul 2016 15 Jul 2016 12 Aug 2016 In Person N/A

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