- Code IDEC8021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Areas of interest Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Jane Golley
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
Since Deng Xiaoping initiated the process of 'reform and opening up' in the late 1970s, China has emerged as the second largest and one of the most dynamic economies in the world. China's domestic economic reforms and growing integration into the global economy have raised countless questions about the nature of China's economic growth and development process in the past, present and future: Has China's transition from central planning to an increasingly market-based economy been successful? What kind of capitalist system is China becoming, if it is even becoming capitalist at all? What are the major challenges facing the current generation of leaders under President Xi Jinping, and what are the prospects for economic growth in the future? How has China been transformed by, and in turn transformed, the global economy and how are other nations responding to these twin transformations?
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to address these questions and more, through a series of lectures and tutorials that begin with China under Mao, before exploring the major features of the reform period, from gradualism, experimentalism and fiscal decentralisation, to industrial sector reforms and unbalanced export-led growth. The course will then focus on the key challenges facing China today, including demographic change and an ageing population, income inequality, pollution and the need for low-carbon green growth and the Australia-China economic relationship.
Student-led Panel Discussions based on recent books will be held in Weeks 6 and 12, and will enable a deep exploration of some of the major themes presented throughout the course: themes that continue to be hotly debated both within and outside of China and which make the Chinese economy such a fascinating topic of study.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate a sound understanding of China’s economic transition from command planning to ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’.
Identify the major issues facing China today, and the major debates surrounding these issues.
Critically analyse, discuss and debate the academic and policy literature relating to China’s economic growth and development.
Research and write critical analysis of key topics relating to the course.
Dot Points - 10% - 1 page dot points relating to weekly tutorial questions
Mini Papers - 40% - 4 mini papers (750 words)
Discussion Panel - 20%
Research Paper - 30% - 2000 word essay
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A two-hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks
A reading brick including key references will be provided.
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