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BAEcon Economics
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BAEcon Economics

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
The Chinese Economy

Unit code ECON30101
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


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Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
ECON10041 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON10042 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON10081 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON10082 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ECON30101 pre-requisite: 1st year Economics (ECON10041+ECON10042) or (ECON10081+ECON10082)

Students must have taken at least one of the following combinations (compulsory Pre-Requisite):

  • (ECON10041 and ECON10042) or
  • (ECON10081 and ECON10082) or
  • (ECON10171 and ECON10181)


The aims of this course are:

  1. To provide an overview of the Chinese economy.
  2. To discuss the different perspectives on the current issues of the Chinese economy.
  3. To evaluate the problems and potentials of Chinese economy.
  4. To familiarise students with the economic/business environment in China.
  5. To apply economic theories to a real economy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of Chinese economic history.
  2. Explore the degree and characteristics of China’s transition and economic development.
  3. Identify the major economic problems China is facing today and consider potential solutions.
  4. Be familiar with and have a clear understanding of the current hot discussions about China.


Topic 1: Chinese Economic History before 1949.

Topic 2: Economic Development from 1949 to 1978 and the Reforms since 1978.

Topic 3: International Trade.

Topic 4: Banking and Financial System in China.

Topic 5: Income Distribution in China.

Topic 6: Labour Market in China.

Topic 7: Growth Accounting and Growth Potential.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and exercise classes.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Skills of analysis, and the application of analytical models. The evaluation and critical analysis of arguments, theories and policies. Synthesise and evaluate data.
Independently locate and assess relevant literature, and to draw on these to develop understanding and to construct arguments.
Manage time and work to deadlines.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Written exam 90%
  • In-Class Tests (10%).
  • Final Exam (90%).

Feedback methods

  • Tutorial discussion.
  • Q&As.
  • Revision sessions.
  • Office hours.
  • Discussion boards.

Recommended reading

  • Naughton, Barry., (2007), The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  • Lin, Justin Yifu., (2011), Demystifying the Chinese Economy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 75.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Xiaobing Wang Unit coordinator

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