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Module Code: CCS302
Module Title: China: Social Policy
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
To understand the evolution of social policy in China through an examination of theories and ideologies influencing it, to then carry out an analysis of such policies.
Learning outcomes 
A Understand the dimensions of social policy in the Chinese context;

B Analyse the impact of Confucianism and Communism on the development of China’s social policy through their conceptions of social justice;

C Compare and contrast China’s social policy with other theories and examples of the welfare state, including particularly the East Asian welfare model;

D Consider the consequences of the introduction of market mechanisms during China’s reform era for conceptions of social justice and welfare entitlement, and their impact on social policy;

E Interrogate the process of social policy legitimization during the reform era;

F Identify the main targets of China’s social policies and explicate China’s major welfare programmes;

G Carry out problem-centred policy analysis and be able to formulate policy alternatives

Method of teaching and learning 
Seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics; project work including preparation and presentation of an essay, as well as seminar participation. Teaching and learning is through the medium of English, and no knowledge of Chinese is required
1) Introducing the field of social policy and welfare studies

2) Historical and theoretical underpinnings of social policy in China – ideology, values system, social justice and the social contract – from Confucianism to Communist China

3) Introduction of market mechanisms and social policy changes – formation of a new social contract

4) China’s anti-poverty campaign and the demise of the rural commune

5) Labour migration and new labour policy

6) State Owned Enterprise reform and the formation of an urban social insurance system

7) From public to private goods: education and housing face the market

8) Crisis in the public health system: health inequities and its social determinants

9) China’s new social policy direction at the turn of the 21st Century: addressing rising inequalities (focus on western China and rural issues)

10) Expanding social insurance coverage in urban and rural China

11) Introducing social assistance programmes in urban and rural China

12) Population policy and aging: challenges for social policy

13) Remaining challenges for China’s social policy: disability, mental health and new social

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 In-Class Presentation 15.00
3 Essay Plan 15.00
4 Final Research Essay 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 4:10:34 PM