• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Economic Policy, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

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 integration into the global economy raise 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 inclusive 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 and unbalanced investment- and export-led growth to Xi Jinping's 'New Era' of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. The course will then focus on the key challenges facing China today, including income inequality, the need for low-carbon “green” growth, and an ageing population, while also exploring China’s quest to become a global technology superpower, the deterioration in US-China relations through the lens of geoeconomics, 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 growth and development.
  2. Identify the major strengths and weaknesses of China's economic system in a comparative context.
  3. Understand the broader societal, environmental, and geopolitical implications of China’s economic rise.
  4. Critically discuss and debate the academic and policy literature relating to China’s economic growth and development and its changing role in the world
  5. Research and write critical analysis of key topics relating to the course

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Tutorial notes – 2 sets relating to tutorial questions and readings (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Mini essay (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Debate (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research essay (maximum 2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

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