• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Policy makers and public sector managers are increasingly engaged with China. This course prepares current and future public sector professionals for greater engagement with China’s public sector. The course familiarizes participants with China’s policymaking architecture, including its political system, decision-making processes, and policy tools. It addresses the role of the Chinese Communist Party and the functions of different levels of government. The course also discusses China’s most pressing public policy challenges, and offers practical tips for managing relationships and communications with officials from across China’s public sector.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the basic workings of China’s political system and policymaking processes, including recent reforms
  2. Engage with debates on China’s most pressing public policy challenges, including areas of policy innovation
  3. Know where and how to find reliable information about public policy developments in China
  4. Develop and apply strategies for engaging with the public sector in China

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz on China’s policymaking infrastructure (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Briefing note on a public policy development/public policy innovation in China (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Ministerial Submission (engaging counterparts in China) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course will be offered in intensive delivery mode over three full days of instruction equivalent to 15 contact hours or 5 x three-hour sessions.

The course short topic lectures with discussion and guest seminars from practitioners with extensive experience engaging counterparts in China.

There will be no pre-reading for the course. MPA students will need to engage with assigned readings for Day 3 of the course and for assessment items two and three.

Total non-contact hours including time spent on assessment tasks are estimated to be 25-30 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Preliminary Reading

The Party leads on everything: China’s changing governance in Xi Jinping’s new era. 2019. Mercator Institute for China Studies. https://www.merics.org/en/china-monitor/the-party-leads-on-everythingSebastian Heilmann. 2008. From local experiments to national policy: the origins of China's distinctive policy process. The China Journal. 59. 1-30.China

Country Brief. DFAT. https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/china/Pages/china-country-brief


Jamie. P Horsley. 2017. “Will Engaging China Promote Good Governance?” Brookings


Michelle Grattan. 2019. “Define the boundaries in new phase of Australia-China relationship.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/define-the-boundaries-in-new-phase-of-australia-china-relationship-wong-125210


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
3 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $2100
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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