Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: CCS204
Module Title: China: Family and society
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
To understand the evolution of the Chinese family and the dimensions of its future development
Learning outcomes 
A Understand there is no single model of “The Chinese Family”; gain understanding of the complexity of Chinese “families” across the twentieth century and different parts of China;

B Go beyond simplistic models of “traditional” versus “modern” families to understand how families and households are part of larger social, political and economic processes in China;

C Understand how families and households were central to the ideology and practices of the Chinese revolution;

D Understand the legal underpinnings that structure forms of the family and household;

E Understand the household registration system and its implications for household and social structure during the second half of the twentieth century;

F Study the complexities of the one-child only policies, and the associated questions of “son preference” and demographic transition;

G Study the question of the aging population in contemporary China;

H Understand the issue of rural to urban migration, and its effects on both rural and urban families;

I Understand how the problem of “little emperors” arose in the context of changing demographics and state policies;

J Understand how reform-era policies are transforming urban families today.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics
The "traditional" Chinese family

Clans, Lineages, Ancestor Worship

The Marriage Law in the PRC

The Household Registration System

The One-Child Only Policies

Debating Son Preference and "missing girls"

Urban Families, Little Emperors

Migration and changing family patterns

The Aging Population and Aged Care

Rural Families under Pressure

Beyond “Quality” versus “Quantity”: Reform Era Policies and the Politics of Urban Child-rearing

Urban Families Today

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13  26        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 In-Class Performance 10.00
2 Reading Reports 10.00
3 Essay Preparation 10.00
4 Seminar Presentation 10.00
5 Essay 20.00
6 Final Exam 40.00

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