• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest History, Political Sciences, Sociology, Demography, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fangqi Wen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course examines contemporary Chinese society (1949 to the present). It has three main objectives: (1) to examine the social institutions and structures (e.g., family, household registration system, and education system) shaping everyday life, and the major sources (e.g., gender, urban/rural origin, and class) of inequality in Chinese society; (2) to understand contemporary Chinese society from historical perspectives (e.g., the socialist and post-socialist transitions), and explore the causes and consequences of social change and continuity; and (3) to examine Chinese society from a comparative perspective (e.g., inequality level by international standard), and in relation to key concepts and debates in sociology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the structures, institutions and processes shaping contemporary Chinese society;
  2. Apply key concepts in sociology to evaluate debates about the nature of contemporary Chinese society, the relationship between historical continuity and change, and major social issues facing China;
  3. Critically examine empirical research findings on social issues in China;
  4. Understand Chinese society by comparing its past with the present and its key statistics by international standards;
  5. Develop analytical tools and research for more advanced academic training.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Tutorial presentation (10) [LO 2,4,5]
  3. Critical response essay (1,000 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
  4. Research essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. 2 hour exam (take home) (25) [LO 1,3]

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120 hours consisting of 10 hours per week reading the assigned materials, prepare tutorial presentations, and write the critical response essay or the research essay.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts



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2022 $4200
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7288 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In-Person and Online View

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