Aims/Description: This module will first provide an understanding of the main structures and institutions of China's politics and economics. It then goes on to consider key issues such as: democratisation, human rights and the legal system; treatment of minority nationalities; China's political system as an example of Asian authoritarianism; income inequalities and poverty alleviation; China's strategy for economic development; the role of economic reform; and the 'open door' policy and its impact on China's society.

Staff Contact: Professor Tim Wright, Dr Chris Bramall, School of East Asian Studies
Teaching Methods: Seminars, DL Materials, On-line Seminars
Assessment: Essay, Short Questions

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