Module Catalogues

China: Family and society

Module Title China: Family and society
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

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