China and World Development

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 3
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Economics

Module overview

This module looks at the interaction between China's economic transformation and world development since the late 1970s until the present time. The emphasis is on critically analysing and assessing this interaction from alternative historical and theoretical perspectives. Topics covered include: China's international trade and inward and outward foreign direct investment, Chinese labour and world employment, China in the face of financialization, China in East Asian regional integration, China and industrial development in Africa and Latin America, and the question of imperialism today.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module


On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Have acquired a detailed knowledge and understanding of the course of the interaction between China and world development in the era of globalization.
  • Have developed and ability of apply economic theories to the study of important aspects of the interaction.
  • Have acquired a knowledge and understanding of the policy debates and issues which have confronted China and its major economic partners.
  • Evaluate critically the empirical literature on China and world development.


Method of assessment

AS1 - 20% / EXAM - 80%


Suggested reading

Core Reading Lists:
  • Bramall, C. (2009). Chinese Economic Development (London: Taylor and Francis).
  • Naughton, B. (2007). The Chinese Economy: Transition and Growth (Cambridge and London: MIT Press).
  • Lin, J.Y.F. (2012) Demystifying the Chinese Economy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Brautigam, D. (2009) The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, Oxford, OUP.
  • G.C.Chow and D.H. Perkins (eds.) (2015) Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Economy, London, Routledge.
  • Li, Mingqi (2016) Chia and the Twenty-First Century Crises, London, Pluto.
  • Yao, S. and P. Wang (2014) China's Outward Foreign Direct Investments and Impact on the World Economy, London, Palgrave.
Additional Reading:
  • Hart-Landberg, M. and P. Burkett (2005) China and Socialism: Market Reforms and Class Struggle, New York, Monthly Review Press
  • Kueh, Y.Y. (2008), China's New Indistrialization Strategy, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
  • Arrighi, G. (2007) Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century, (London: Verso).
  • Frank, A.G. (1998) ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age, (Uni. of California Press).
  • Li, Minqi (2008) The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy, (London: Pluto)
  • Meisner, M. (1996) The Deng Ziaoping Era: An inquiry into the Fate of Chinese Socialism, 1978-1994, (Hill and Wang)
  • Pomeranz, K. (2001) The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, (Princeton University Press).
  • Harvey, D. (2005) A Brieff History of Neoliberalism, Oxford. OUP


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