China's Economic Transformation

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Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Economics

Module overview

This module looks at the economic development of China since 1949, with a primary emphasis on the post-1978 era. Its purpose is to apply economic theory to analyse the dynamics of China's economic transformation and assess its developmental performance. Topic covered include: growth and industrialization, enterprise reform, reforms of the financial system, and the role of the state in economic development.

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 Chinese development in the modern era.
  • Have developed an ability to apply economic theories to the study of a late developing country.
  • Have acquired a knowledge and understanding of the policy debates and issues which have confronted China's leaders over the last fifty years.
  • Evaluate critically the empirical literature on China's economic transformation.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting:  Coursework (2 essays at 50% each)


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