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GOVT6111: Chinese Politics

This unit will examine the internal governance of the People's Republic of China and aspects of its external relations. It begins by tracing the emergence of the PRC's political system after 1949, focussing on key features of Maoism and the rationale of Post Mao reforms. It then considers the remarkable economic, demographic and social changes that have occurred in recent years and how the Communist party-state has responded to a range of crucial challenges. Finally the unit will analyse the impact of these issues on the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy.

Code GOVT6111
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a clear understanding of the patterns of political change and continuity in Chinese politics
  • LO2. become familiar with different methods used to study Chinese politics
  • LO3. demonstrate the ability to synthesize, analyse, and critique scholarly writing on Chinese politics
  • LO4. enhance critical reading, analytical, and scholarly writing skills.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.