• 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
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Andrew Kennedy
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
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On-campus & remote (online) learning available. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates: May 3, 10 & 17.

China's rise in the 21st century has created both tremendous opportunities and terrific challenges for the outside world. This course prepares current and future public sector professionals to engage with counterparts in China, even as geopolitical and geoeconomic rivalries create new challenges for bilateral and multilateral relationships. The course familiarizes participants with key features of China’s political and policymaking architecture, including its political system, decision-making processes, and policy tools. It also explores how the system works in practice, focusing on some of China’s top policy priorities in recent years. The course also empowers participants to develop strategies for engaging with the Chinese government in the years to come.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically discuss the basic workings of China’s party-state system, including recent changes.
  2. Engage with debates regarding how China is pursuing top priorities through public policy.
  3. Develop and apply strategies for engaging with the public sector in China.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Lecture Questions (5) [LO 1,2]
  2. System Assessment Memo (1000 words) (40) [LO 1,2]
  3. Strategy Memo (2000 words) (55) [LO 1,2,3]

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The standard workload for a 3 unit course is 65 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Preliminary Reading

Nis Grunberg and Katja Drinhausen, The Party Leads on Everything: China’s changing governance in Xi Jinping’s new era (Berlin: Mercator Institute for China Studies, 2019), https://www.merics.org/en/china-monitor/the-party-leads-on-everything

Barry Naughton, The Rise of China's Industrial Policy, 1978-2020 (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónomica de México, 2021).

Jessica Chen Weiss and Jeremy L. Wallace, "Domestic Politics, China’s Rise, and the Future of the Liberal International Order," International Organization 75 (2021): 635–664.


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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $2220
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5474 03 May 2024 03 May 2024 10 May 2024 07 Jun 2024 In Person View
5475 03 May 2024 03 May 2024 10 May 2024 07 Jun 2024 Online View

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