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Political Economy of China, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 days


This course provides a political economy perspective on the rapidly changing economy and society in contemporary China. The course will focus on the discussion how political, economic and social forces shape "socialism with Chinese characteristics" 

The ultimate objectives of this course are 

  • to enhance students' intellectual knowledge about China from a political economy perspective; 
  • to improve students' ability to think about ChinaS complex development more comprehensively and critically; and 
  • to enable students to integrate what they have learned from this course into other China-related courses in their own discipline of study. 

After completing the course, students should 

  • be able to explore controversial concepts and issues that are important for understanding socialism with Chinese characteristics; 
  • be knowledgeable about the relationships between various development patterns and systemic features in both pre-reform and reform periods;
  • be able to understand China's development beyond what is presented in the mass media. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Teaching Schedule 

  • Lecture 1 Course introduction 
  • Lecture 2 The lexicon of China's political economy 
  • Lecture 3 Political economy concerns of urbanization 
  • Lecture 4 Inequality under welfare regime transformation 
  • Lecture 5 Demographic dividend and China's power 
  • Lecture 6 Territorial dimensions of authority and power in China's political economy 
  • Lecture 7 Migration and citizenship in the Chinese context 
  • Lecture 8 Government finance: the case of infrastructure financing 
  • Lecture 9Political reform 
  • Lecture 10 Presentation preparation week, no class meeting 
  • Lecture 11 Student Presentation 
  • Lecture 12How can we understand the real China 
  • Lecture 13Final exam week 


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

    1725 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1725 EUR per year and a duration of 12 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1725 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1725 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.
13.200 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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