Undergraduate Modules

Contemporary Chinese Politics

This module is a comprehensive introduction to contemporary politics in the People’s Republic of China, with a particular focus on the country’s domestic politics. First, it examines China’s recent political history with a particular focus on the politics of the Maoist era. We focus the post-1978 reform and opening-up period, through various topics including the Chinese Communist Party, political economy, policymaking, rural governance, political reform, state-society relations, and major challenges facing the country such as environmental degradation, corruption, and ethnic unrest. Overall, this course encourages students to think critically about how politics works in China, and to evaluate where China is heading politically in the short, medium, and long-term.

Second Year Module
Semester Two
Module Code POL236


  • 12 one-hour lectures
  • 12 one-hour seminars


  • 2000 word essay
  • two-hour exam