Chinese Political Economy and Business - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Essay (35%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This unit provides some historical background prior to and including the Mao years. The unit will discuss the post-Mao reform process and the opening of the country and its impact on the Chinese economy and society. After having created the background regarding China's political and economic development, a number of the topics will deal with specific current issues in China. The unit aims to provide students with the historical context to specific issues in China today but seeks to be suitable for a diverse range of students and the second assessment piece allows students some freedom to identify and research a relevant current issue in Chinese political economy. 

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have an improved understanding of the interdependence of China's economy, policy and business through independent reading and research
  2. Better understand the importance of historical developments in the understanding of contemporary Chinese issues 
  3. Developed an understanding of many key issues facing China today
  4. Be able to argue a case regarding specific current issues in China 
  • Essay (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Report (35%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there are no set pre-requisites for this unit, students need to have developed the skills to write academic papers (essays) at university level.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Historical background
2The Mao years
3The reform process
4"To Be Rich is Glorious"
5Population & development
6Ethnic minorities
7The media, the market & politics
9'Feeding the dragon' : commodities
10China and the world : International Relations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Understanding Contemporary China.

    By:Gamer, Robert E

    ISBN: 9781588268440


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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