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Module Code: CCS406
Module Title: China's Technology 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 help students understand the impact of technological changes on China’s economic development since 1978. It introduces students to a broad range of topics about the relationship between technology and development, seeking ways to understand this relationship with an emphasis on the role of government in business practices. In this module, we explore how industrial policy relates to technological advancements and how technology advancements can create wealth. We also explore how this wealth is shared in the process of economic development and global integration.
Learning outcomes 
A Summarise the key changes in China’s technology industries since 1978

B Appraise the influences of technological advancements on development in China since 1978

C Synthetise and analyse the relationship between industrial policy and economic development

D Synthesise and analyse China’s major technological and development issues in the context of globalisation

E Understand and evaluate the policy responses of technological and development issues over time

F Conduct independent academic research.

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) Introduction to the module

2) Techonological advancements in China since the start of the Reform era (1978 - )

3) Foreign direct investment, trade, and the growth of Chinese high-technology industries

4) The role of industrial policy in shaping economic development

5) High-tech research and development

6) Internationalisation and Chinese innovators

7) The upgrading of the Chinese manufacturing industry

8) Knowledge acquisition in China’s green technology industry

9) Health and biotechnology industries in China

10) Chinese Internet giants and their strategies of financial technology

11) Understanding the digital divide

12) Governmental strategies to promote technological innovation through higher education reforms

13) Technological innovation as a key component of China’s globalisation strategy
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 1:07:07 AM