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Introduction to the Political Economy of China, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 days


This course is primarily intended to provide an informed perspective about the evolving process of China’s political and economic transition and development during the past three decades. We will analyze Chinese economy from micro- and macro- economic and political perspectives, combining theoretical and empirical studies.

Students are expected to

  • understand the path and historical background of China’s economic development;
  • compare and evaluate the strengths and weakness of China’s reform policies and practices;
  • apply economic theories to the analysis of political and economic phenomena related to China.

The Introduction to the Political Economy of China course is offered at China Europe International Summer School (CEISS).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 days
  • Credits
    4 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


Three parts of the evaluation will be calculated as follows:

  • Participation and discussion 40%
  • Presentation and critique 15%
  • Paper(s) 45%


Required Book:

Naughton, Barry. 2007. The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth. The MIT Press. (Hereafter Naughton)

Recommended Books:

Brandt, Loren and Thomas G. Rawski. 2008. China’s Great Economic Transformation. Cambridge University Press. (Hereafter B-R)
Guthrie, Doug. 2009. China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge. (Hereafter Guthrie)
Shirk, Susan. 1993. The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China. University of California Press. (Hereafter Shirk)
Steinfeld, Edward S. 2010. Playing Our Game: Why China’s Economic Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West. Oxford University Press. (Hereafter Steinfeld)
Maddison, Angus. 2007. Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run. Second Edition, Revised and Updated. 960-2030AD. Development Centre: OECD. (Hereafter Maddison)


Students of social sciences (incl. law, economics, business), sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in business, governance, commerce and sustainability. A general background in either business or economics is desirable, but no specific expertise is required.


Dr. Zhou Qiang

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Required application documents
  • Peking University Application Form
  • Passport copy
  • CV
  • Home University Transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1667 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1667 EUR per year and a duration of 12 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1667 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1667 EUR per year and a duration of 12 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
11.500 CNY (incl. course fee + course materials + housing + social programma)

Living costs for Beijing

  • 6409 - 7850 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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