Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 1 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit will provide an overview of the Chinese legal system, in particular in the areas of foreign-related commercial law. There will be focus not just on the law itself, but also on matters of legal culture, politics, economics, institutional design and other variables that impact on its operation. The unit will also use China as a case study to develop the skills of analysing comparative legal systems. Cross-cultural thinking is crucial for corporate lawyers to advise effectively on transnational deals and for policy-makers to create strategic international and regional policy solutions.

Each class use a contract, case or high-profile example as basis for analysis and class discussion. A key focus will be on finding objectivity in analysing a legal system when every subject is highly politicised.

As this unit provides an overview of the legal system, it will focus on drawing together overarching themes with a view to proving the tools necessary to continue to keep with key changes to China's legal system.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of fundamental issues in Chinese law, and exercise analytic skill and professional judgment to generate appropriate responses to moderately complex problems
  2. critically evaluate, integrate and apply abstract concepts, theories and problems in Chinese law and policy using a comparative perspective
  3. research independently, synthesise and analyse information about the Chinese legal sysem to create new understandings of key developments, likely future directions and current and emerging problems
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas and arguments relating to the Chinese legal system effectively and persuasively to specialist or non-specialist audiences and peers.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)