Module description: Developmental Issues in China’s Transition

Name of Module

Developmental Issues in China’s Transition

Credit points

5 ECTS credits


Master Seminar (2 hours/week): 5 ECTS

Mandatory attendance



Stefan Wagner M.A.

Module Coordinator

Stefan Wagner M.A.


This Master seminar is designed to build on the knowledge and skills developed in the course of the participation in the taught course China’s Economic Development and to apply the concepts introduced there in order to reflect on past and current issues in China’s transition from an originally socialist to a more and more market-oriented economy. Issues addressed will inter alia be: China’s growth model and its sustainability, China’s financial sector development, monetary policy in China, macroeconomic management in China etc.

Learning objectives and skills

Students aquire…

Subject-specific skills.

  • Students analyse the changes in the course of China’s economic transition taking in consideration multiple theoretical and empirical frameworks.
  • Students reflect and evaluate the different theoretical approaches that explain the development of the Chinese economy.

Methodological skills.

  • Students answer independently a research question regarding a particular issue related to China’s economic development.
  • Students plan, carry out research, evaluate and analyse scientific literature related to an issue considered relevant for the better understanding of China’s economic development.
  • By actively participating in class, students learn to involve in critical evaluation and discussion of presented material
  • Based on feedback voiced by classmates, students learn to cope with critical evaluation and discussion of their work


Sound macroeconomic knowledge and mathematical basics; attendance to the course “China’s Economic Development” is strongly recommended.

Integration in curriculum

Second semester (summer term)

Module compatibility

Regional, elective, or elective complementary module: M.A. Development Economics and International Studies

Method of examination

Written assignment (15 pages), presentation (30 minutes)

Grading procedure

Written assignment: 66%

Presentation: 33%

Module frequency

Every summer semester

Resit examinations

Failed exams can be retaken twice


  • Attendance: 30 hours
  • Self-study: 120 hours


One semester

Teaching and examination language


Recommended reading

The readings and case studies will be provided prior to the semester via StudOn.

Last modified

October 2017