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Module Code: CCS404
Module Title: China's Welfare and Development
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of China’s welfare policies, with a primary focus on the period since the start of the economic reform and opening up era (1978 onwards). The module content places social and welfare policy within China’s broader economic, ideological and social context, in order to examine how each of these interrelated factors influence the characteristics and scope of China’s welfare system. Overall, the module highlights the important role welfare plays in China’s development trajectory.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify and synthesise the key features of China’s social welfare policy from the early 20th Century

B Synthetise and explain the links between economy, ideology and social values that inform social welfare policy formation

C Understand and evaluate the process of social welfare policy legitimation throughout the reform era

D Carry out a problem-centred approach to social welfare policy evaluation

E Analyse, synthesise and evaluate information in a clear and succinct fashion

F Demonstrate high level communication skills

Method of teaching and learning 
In the seminars students will able to have an in-depth discussion of weekly topics, and also to present their analysis of a specific topic from the syllabus. The essay plan and the essay will hone students’ analytical and writing abilities.
The syllabus will typically include the following topics:

1) Overview and introduction to social policy and welfare studies

2) Historical background of China’s welfare delivery arrangements: Confucian philosophy and familism

3) End of empire: ideological and material foundations of China’s modern state-led social welfare policy and provision

4) Welfare under the PRC: the urban ‘iron bowl of welfare’ and rural collectivisation

5) Economic reform and social policy changes: marketisation and ideological changes towards state redistribution

6) The developmental state’s poverty alleviation efforts amidst rural decollectivisation

7) Rural-urban labour migration and the formation of a two-tier urban labour market: labour policy and differentiated social citizenship rights

8) The dismantling of the work-unit ‘iron bowl of welfare’ and new vulnerabilities among China’s working class

9) Rising inequalities without social safety-nets: marketisation and policy failure in the health care sector

10) Socio-economic inequalities and differentiated educational opportunities

11) Social welfare policy shift: building a harmonious ‘xiaokang’ society and a social safety net with universalistic aspirations

12) Family planning policies, changing family structure, ageing and care responsibilities

13) Remaining challenges for China’s social welfare system: harmonising welfare provision across regions and provinces, and moving beyond the residual welfare model

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   28        122  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 20.00
2 Essay Plan 20.00
3 Final Essay 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/3/2020 1:03:41 AM