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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dennis Woodward


Previously coded PLT3631


This unit examines contemporary Chinese politics. In particular, it focuses on the post-1978 'reform' period and seeks to place its policies against the background of the 'Maoist' period. It is assumed that students will not have any prior knowledge of Chinese history, society or politics. As well as looking at the major debates over social and economic change in China, the changing nature of Chinese politics will be examined through highlighting specific policy areas. The role of ideology, the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party, the army and the state apparatus, and the relationship between the individual and the state will be scrutinised.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Have a critical understanding of contemporary Chinese society.
  2. Have an understanding of the relationship between economic, social and political reform.
  3. Have an understanding of the relationship between stable government and revolutionary ideals.
  4. Have a critical understanding of Maoism.
  5. Be able to find, evaluate and effectively use empirical data in support of an argument in regard to central issues in Chinese politics.
  6. Be able to present an argument in a fluent, coherent and persuasive manner.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Tutorial participation: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dennis Woodward

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Chinese studies
Asian studies