• Class Number 4182
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Jane Golley
    • Prof Jane Golley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

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 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 gradual experimentalism to 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, US-China relations and the Australia-China economic relationship.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of China’s economic transition from command planning to ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’.
  2. Identify the major issues facing China today and the major debates surrounding these issues.
  3. Critically analyse, discuss and debate the academic and policy literature relating to China’s economic growth and development and its global integration
  4. Research and write critical analysis of key topics relating to the course.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback either individually, in groups or as a whole class in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week #1 - Past, Present, Future: an overview Lectures and tutorials will start this week.
2 Week #2 - A Man, a Plan: China under Mao
3 Week #3 - Groping for Stones: From Deng to Xi
4 Week #4 - Party Business: Industrial reforms and SOEs Discussion with Special Expert: Paul Hubbard
5 Week #5 - Rich man, poor (wo)man: Income inequality
6 Week #6 - Robots in Space: Technology and growth Special Expert lecturer: Yixiao Zhou)
7 Week #7 - Boom to Gloom: China and the World Economy
8 Week #8 - For Love or Money: Demographic change and economic performance
9 Week #9 - Under the Dome: Low-carbon growth Special expert lecturer: Jorrit Gosens
10 Week #10 - US-China Relations in a new era of geoeconomics
11 Week #11 - The Panda and the Kangaroo: Sino-Australia economic relations
12 Week #12 - What the future holds

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Dot Points 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Mini Papers 30 % * * 2, 3
Debate 20 % * * 1, 2, 3
Research Paper 40 % 03/06/2022 30/06/2022 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Dot Points

Students will be asked to prepare two 'Dot Point' summaries of the material covered in the first two weeks of the semester, to encourage engagement with the reading and in the tutorial discussions. Each Dot Point will be a maximum of one A4 page using Times New Roman 12 font and single spacing, should have an absolute maximum word count of 800 words, and should be submitted via Turnitin on Wattle no later than 5pm on the day before your tutorial.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Mini Papers

Students will be asked to prepare THREE Mini Papers relating to the tutorial questions set across the semester. Each paper should have an absolute maximum word count of 800 words, to be submitted via Turnitin on Wattle by 5pm on Friday, following the related tutorial. Please use Times New Roman 12 font, Single Spacing, and note that late papers will not be considered, as the issues will have already been addressed during the tutorial. Mini Papers will be set for Topics 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. You can choose to answer any THREE of these. Highly dedicated students can submit FOUR Mini Papers with the best three of four counting towards your final mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Students will be asked to participate in one of a number of Debates held throughout the semester, with 40 minutes per Debate (30 minutes for the Debate and 10 minutes for Q&A). All debaters will need to demonstrate that they have constructed critical and valid arguments to support their key points. You will need to work together with the other members of your debating team to ensure that as much relevant and interesting material is presented in the allocated time frame as possible, using a Team Powerpoint to present your key points to the class. Marks will be awarded for content (depth and breadth), delivery, structure and timing. The range of debates will be presented in the Lecture in Week 1, with students being asked to express their preferences after that, numbered 1-3. Every effort will be made to allocate students to their most preferred topic, noting that this may not be possible in all cases. Please note also that you will not get to choose which side of the debate you are on.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 03/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research Paper

Your research essay will be based on your Debate, and should address BOTH sides of the issue, NOT just the one you focused on in your debate. You will need to draw on additional reading to strengthen your argument. Marks will be awarded for essay style (including flow, grammar and spelling), structure and content (reflecting both a deep coverage of the literature and original critical analysis). Your paper should not exceed 2500 words, excluding references. Crawford School referencing format is required for the editing of the bibliography. Tables, charts and figures are welcome but should be closely related to and clearly explained in the content. Please use Times New Roman Font No. 12 and 1.5 line spacing and please also ensure that your word count of the text is recorded on your essay. Please also see the penalty for late submissions in the general policy section. The Research Essay will be worth 40% of your final grade and due one week after the teaching semester ends. This will need to be submitted through Turnitin on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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