LAW4252 - Chinese legal institutions and laws - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit aims to provide students with a basic understanding of Chinese legal institutions. There will be focus not just on the law itself, but also on matters of legal culture, politics, economics, institutional design, and other matters that effect the development and operation of the law. In addition, by way of specific examples, the unit examines contract law and company law in China in some detail. This will be of particular interest for students who wish to understand Chinese law for the purposes of trade and cooperation with Chinese enterprises.

A key element will be on examining the Chinese legal system as an example of one where all legal action is highly politicised and where this is considered proper.

Classes will, where possible, use reports, journal articles or cases as a basis for analysis and discussion.


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply a knowledge and understanding of fundamental issues in Chinese law so as to advise on simple specific legal problems and more broadly on matters of general policy ;
  2. Investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in relation to Chinese law and policy
  3. Conduct research into the Chinese legal system to develop understandings of key issues, likely future directions, and current and emerging difficulties and problems;
  4. Examine the concept of law as serving a political function as an instrument of policy, and law as being implemented, through executive and administrative fiats and action, with courts acting in a facilitative role.


Class participation: 10%

Oral presentation: 30 %

Take-home examination (3,000 words): 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcome for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


  1. For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:
    • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
    • LAW1104 Research and writing
  2. For students enrolled in the LLB (Honours) course from 2015:
  3. For other students:
    • Equivalent introductory units from another university


For LLB (Honours) students only: