SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Topics in the Chinese economy

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 1

The purpose of this course is to advance the knowledge of the Chinese economy acquired in the core modules. You will learn key facts and economic concepts for thinking about the Chinese economy, and become acquainted with important sources of Chinese economic information. Topics covered include population, migration and labour; rural development; agriculture and food security; the energy sector; environmental conditions; and consumption and living standards. Consideration is also given to Taiwan through analysis of cross-Strait trade and investment.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge of the Chinese economy in a way that complements topics covered in the core Chinese Management courses.  At the end of the course students will be acquainted with key facts and economic concepts for thinking about the Chinese economy.  They will also know the main sources of Chinese economic information.  In this course there will be material on Taiwan, which is consistent with our "Greater China" emphasis and will complement work on Hong Kong in the core modules.


This module consists of a 1-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.

This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules