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Department of Economics

Economic development of modern China

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Year 3
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Full Year
This course seeks to describe and analyse the principal features of China's economic system as it has evolved since 1949, and examines the nature and sources of China's economic growth and structural change at both the macro and sectoral levels. A detailed chronological account of China's development policies from 1949 to the present day is given, within the historical context of pre-1949 China. The main emphasis is on the remarkable impact which economic reform has had upon the economy since 1978.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe China’s development policies from 1949 to the present day in the context of its political history
2. Analyse the principle features of China’s Economic system
3. Evaluate the nature ans sources of China’s economic growth at both a macro and sectoral level.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 80% / Coursework 20%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.

Suggested reading

Background Reading
1. Chris Bramall (2009). Chinese Economic Development, London, Routledge.
2. Barry Naughton (2008), The Chinese Economy, Cambridge MA, MIT Press.
3. Dic Lo (1997), Market and Institutional Regulation in Chinese Industrialization, 1978-94, London and New York, Macmillan and St. Martin’s).
4. Loren Brandt and Tom Rawski (eds). (2008). China's Great Economic Transformation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.