GE2208 - China in the Global Economy

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Economics and Finance
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations
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Course Aims

This course is designed to introduce the students to contemporary economic issues in China. It will provide the students with the historical context in which to understand the economic development of the Chinese economy, bring to the students’ attention hotly debated policy issues such as current account balance and interest rate liberalization, motivate them to ask meaningful questions and help them to design a scientific plan to answer their own research questions. Apart from an essay-style assignment and an in-class final exam, the students are expected to form groups to work on an issue of their own choice. The instructor will help the groups to ask well-defined questions, form hypotheses and direct them to potentially data-based evidence to test their hypotheses. The students’ research effort will culminate in a mini-conference where groups present their results to the audience.

  1. To provide the basic knowledge of the contemporary economic and social development in China, and its integration with the world.
  2. To introduce the basic theories of underdevelopment, growth and social transition and apply these theories to understand China and its social-economic policies from a comparative perspective. Student should develop their ability of critical thinking through the application of basic theories to the real-world cases in Chinese economy.
  3. To raise students’ awareness of the challenges facing China and a number of global issues exemplified by its rapid development, such as expansion in world trade and investment, energy shortage, food price inflation, environmental degradation, and etc. Students will be expected to strengthen their discovery skills by engaging in class discussions and exploring China’s current issues from different perspectives.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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