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Postgraduate Course: Politics and Economics in the PRC after 1978 (ASST11055)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is being proposed to provide an introduction to contemporary Chinese politics and economics. One part will focus on politics, covering ideology and ideological changes as well as political institutions of the party and the government. Students will be introduced to the main components which shape the social and political fabric of modern China and discuss major ideological changes in the context of the PRC history. The second part will focus on the Chinese economics and major transformation in economic policies, institutions and the international context.
Course description Topics covered include:
- The PRC in 1978
- Governing institutions and processes
- The CCP and legitimacy
- Economic policy
- Social protection policy
- Religion
- Regional and ethnic tensions
- Power in international politics
- China and the EU
- China models

What to expect from the course:
Historical and contemporary discussion of China's political and economic development from 1978. Classes follow a mixed format of short talks, discussions and extensive group work.

What is expected from you:
To prepare the requested reading and contribute to discussions in class. Coordinate with your group when required.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  23
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay not exceeding 4,000 words to be chosen from a list of topics in the course handbook or to be negotiated with course teachers.
Feedback Students will complete one piece of formative feedback comprising a 750 word critical reflection on a piece of required reading from the course handbook or an introduction to one of the essay questions. This is normally a mid-semester classroom submission and returned within 15 working days. Feedback for the final essay is provided through the standard LLC PG School form.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain political and economic developments in China from 1978.
  2. Analyze contemporary developments in the context of China's development from 1978.
  3. Produce explanations for developments in China from 1978 based in the current empirical and theoretical literature.
  4. Apply, criticize and evaluate different explanations for developments in different aspects of Chinese politics, society and the economy.
  5. Operate in a group to produce discussion and explanation for the rest of the class.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Daniel Hammond
Course secretaryMiss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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