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Module Code: CCS408
Module Title: China's Regional 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 an assessment of the economic development of reform era China, with a particular focus on urban issues. The module considers the regulatory role of the state as the main variable from where to understand the interrelated and changing dynamics of land use and investments as key driving forces of economic change in Chinese cities. The module content discusses different developmental trajectories of particular regions and cities in relation to national policies and reforms.
Learning outcomes 
A Assess economic development of reform era China as an uneven and institutionally-shaped process.

B Explain the relation between changes in land value and capital investments in the context of urban China.

C Explain the role of the Chinese state in regulating the urban economy.

D Identify the main city-regions of China and synthetize the connections they establish to shape the national economy.

E Apply a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate China’s economic development.

F Work collaboratively and/or demonstrate a capacity for independent 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) Key concepts of regional development in reform era China: state power, land value and financial capital.

2) The shaping of regional unevenness in early reform era China: township and village enterprises, price regime and subsidies.

3) The role of the Chinese state in regional development: the spatial administrative hierarchy.

4) Special Economic Zones: foreign direct investment, employment and urbanisation.

5) Provincial-Level Cities: comparative development of Shanghai and Chongqing.

6) Western China: regional policies and population.

7) Financial reforms and state development banks: centralisation of the credit system.

8) Fiscal decentralisation and infrastructure development: the impact of the 1994 tax reform.

9) Land use regime and real estate development: accumulation by dispossession in urban China.

10) City-Regions in China (1): the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta.

11) City-Regions in China (2): the Sichuan – Chongqing region.

12) National infrastructural projects: the Three Gorges Dam and the National Expressways Network.

13) Development of creative industries: challenges of the current Chinese urban economy.
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 1:08:48 AM