• Class Number 6663
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Matthew Galway
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Understanding the contemporary Chinese world must be predicated on its extraordinary complexity. The China that is growing in confidence and power, and with which Australia’s present and future are inextricably bound, is a product of powerful social and cultural forces that demand explanation but resist analysis from a single point of view.

This course approaches contemporary China through the lenses of different disciplines and styles of analysis. It assesses such topics as the varieties of Chinese modernity, the nature of political power and regulation, protest and resistance, legal reform and human rights, the relationships between the urban and the rural, gender and sexuality, indigeneity and ethnicity, the flourishing of religion and the decline of ideology, and the contested understandings of China’s history that critique or provide the foundations for contemporary policy and practice, implicitly and explicitly. 

This course is framed by the annual China Story Yearbook series, which collects and shapes Chinese contemporary stories from multiple voices and different perspectives under an annual theme. As such, the course takes as its overarching focus the theme of the current Yearbook. Students will address that theme through the various topics set out in the course structure.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and evaluate the major themes, issues, and methods in the study of the contemporary Chinese world.
  2. Appraise the ways in which different aspects of the contemporary Chinese world relate to its past.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to locate, analyse, and critique official and unofficial sources on contemporary Chinese society.
  4. Present findings of research analysis in both academic written forms and also ways that an audience of policy-makers, politicians, and the general public will find accessible.

Required Resources

Reading Lists for each class will be provided on the Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

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 27.7.22 Contemporary Chinese World?
2 3.8.22 Middle Kingdom and the Empire of the Rising Sun: China and Japan
3 10.8.22 A Global Maoism: Maoist Cultural Diplomacy
4 17.8.22 Ethnicities and the State
5 24.8.22 Queer China
6 31.8.22 The Dragon’s Gift: Contemporary China in Africa
7 7.9.22 Six Four: The Domestic and Global Significance of Tiananmen 1989
8 21.9.22 A “China Dream” for Whom?
9 28.9.22 Defying the Double Burden: Feminism in Contemporary China
10 5.10.22 Crime and Criminality in Contemporary China
11 12.10.22 Autocracy, Statism, and Discontent in Contemporary China
12 19.10.22 Objects, Memory, and Nostalgia in Contemporary China

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reading Response 1 15 % 24/08/2022 31/08/2022 1,2,4
Reading Response 2 15 % 31/10/2022 08/11/2022 1,2,4
Annotated Bibliography 10 % 15/08/2022 22/08/2022 1,2,4
Seminar presentation 20 % 19/09/2022 26/09/2022 1,2,4
Research Essay 40 % 01/11/2022 08/11/2022 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: 15 %
Due Date: 24/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Reading Response 1

Write a 750 word reading response that analyzes the week's readings for any week between Week 1 and Week 6. You may select any week from Week 1 to Week 6, but the assignment is due for that week's topic before the seminar for that week's readings and must discuss all of that week's readings. Example: If you select Week 4's readings, your response is due in Week 4 before the seminar begins and covers both articles for that week. Requirements explained in syllabus.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 31/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 08/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Reading Response 2

Write a 750 word reading response that analyzes the week's readings for any week between Week 7 and Week 12. You may select any week from Week 7 to Week 12, but the assignment is due for that week's topic before the seminar for that week's readings and must discuss all of that week's readings. Example: If you select Week 4's readings, your response is due in Week 4 before the seminar begins and covers both articles for that week. Requirements explained in syllabus.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 15/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 22/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Annotated Bibliography

Write an annotated bibliography that showcases the early stages of your research for the final research paper. The annotated bibliography must contain the following details: 1) references in immaculate Chicago Manual style; 2) annotations that explain why you selected that source, who the author is and what is their expertise, and how you expect to use this source in your final paper. Requirements explained in syllabus.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 19/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 26/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Seminar presentation

Direct 1 seminar session on the topic for that week. Provide handouts/powerpoint slides which will be submitted for assessment.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 01/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 08/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

Write a 3,000-word research essay (30%), with submission of 500-word research proposal (10%). The topic is your own choice but must be discussed with, and approved by, the lecturer. Research proposal due 19 October, returned 26 October. Essay due 1 November, returned 8 November.

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).
Dr Matthew Galway
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Chinese Studies

Dr Matthew Galway

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Thursday 13:00 14:00

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