SOAS University of London

School of Law

Chinese Constitutionalism

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Term 2

This module begins with a seemingly simple question, “What is Chinese constitutionalism?”  In answering this question, students will be introduced to the histories, languages, theories, structures, and practices informing this concept of “Chinese constitutionalism”.  Furthermore, students will be introduced to the differing theories and techniques used by scholars to critique China’s constitutional past and present, as well as predict its future constitutional developments. Module topics may include, but are not limited to: constitutional history, rights discourse, rule of law, constitutional review, Hong Kong’s Basic Law, and constitutional language.

Although the module will be run as a 2 hour lecture, it will still require a high level of student participation and discussion.  Students will be asked to take an interdisciplinary approach the study of Chinese constitutionalism by drawing upon weekly readings from the fields of history, area studies, political science, comparative law, legal linguistics, and constitutional law.  All readings will be in English; however, students will be required to master some fundamental terminology related to Chinese constitutional law.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 100% coursework - one 1500 word essay (30%) and one 3500 word essay (70%).


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