• Offered by Australian Centre on China in the World
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Asian Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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During the last four decades, China has undergone a dramatic process of 'economic reform and opening up' under the political leadership of the Communist Party of China. The combination of economic reform and political stability has generated rates of economic growth unprecedented in world history, triggering profound economic and social change within China and substantially altering China's role in an increasingly globalised world. While pursuing 'harmonious development' and a 'peaceful rise', China is confronted with many challenges and conflicts that have emerged as a consequence of rapid growth and change, relating to demographic change (including an aging population and rising gender imbalances), urbanisation, environmental degradation, human and legal rights, regional security and global trade. This course will address these and other issues in a series of four modules - Reform and Stability, Growth and Change, Conflict and Harmony, and Wealth and Power - in order to provide students with a deep understanding of China's dramatic transformation, and its far-reaching implications for China and the world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Recognise the economic and political underpinnings of China’s rapid growth and re-engagement with the global economy.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how China’s evolving political-economic system impacts on economic and social change.
  3. Identify the major challenges and conflicts facing China today.
  4. Critically analyse a range of unresolved debates relating to China’s domestic transformation and its changing role in the world.

Other Information

The material for this course, including lectures, is available online. Students will be asked to participate in a weekly face-to-face tutorial with the convenor. The course may also be available fully online depending on the number of online enrolments.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%): In tutorials, to encourage active involvement.
Mini papers (30%): Three short essays worth 10% each, maximum 800 words.
Debate (20%): On a range of topics, in teams, to be conducted in tutorials.
Research Essay 40%, including 10% for Essay Plan: Choose from a range of topics to be provided, maximum 3,000 words.

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Students will be expected to participate in weekly online tutorial discussions, including one formal debate; to read up to four articles each week; to write one online media piece (1000 words) and one research essay (3,000 words).

Prescribed Texts

The course will draw on selected chapters from CIW's China Story Yearbooks 2012-2014, which are all available freely online.

Preliminary Reading

No specific reading is required prior to the course, but students will be asked to familiarise themselves with the content of The China Story project.

Indicative Reading List

A list of readings for each week derived from 1) academic literature, 2) The China Story Project, and 3) topical media commentaries related to the weekly topic will be provided on the Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Chinese language skills or discipline-specific training are not required for this course.


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:
Band 1
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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4120 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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