Processes of Globalization and Contemporary China

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

The course combines theory and seminars. Students develop and debate the case studies presented in theoretical classes. Each student within the regime of continuous assessment selects and analyses a topic of the program, writing an essay and making an oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Over the last 30 years China has developed into one of the most important nations in the world. In the 21st century nobody can really considered to be well informed who does not have a fundamental understanding of China. Students who actively participate in this course and achieve good grades will develop a substantial knowledge of modern China. They will be able to analyze contemporary developments and will be better equipped to obtain employment in organizations and companies that deal in various ways with China.

Work Placement(s)



I – The historical and cultural background to contemporary China

II – The evolution of the People’s Republic of China

III – Domestic characterization of the People’s Republic of China

IV – The Chinese Foreign Policy

V – China and Globalization

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment
Tests/participation during class: 25.0%
Oral presentation: 25.0%
Essay: 50.0%

General regime
Exam: 100.0%


EDMONDS, Richard Louis (ed.), The People's Republic of China After 50 Years, Studies on Contemporary China, Oxford University Press, 2000.

GUO, Sujian (Ed.), China's 'Peaceful Rise' in the 21st Century, Ashgate, San Francisco State University, 2006.

GUTHRIE, Doug, China and Globalization: The Social, Economic and Political Transformation of Chinese Society (Global Realities), Routledge, 2012.

HAO Yufan, Lin Su, China's foreign policy making: societal force and Chinese American policy, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2005.

JAMES, C. F., Wang, Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Introduction, Englewood, Prenctice Hall, 2005.

MEDEIROS, Evan, China’s International Behavior, RAND, 2009.

NOLAN, P., Transforming China: Globalization, Transition and Development, Anthem Press, 2004.

SPENCE, J., The Search for modern China, 1999.

TACIANA, F. y STEVE T. (eds.), China en transición: sociedad, cultura, economía y política, Barcelona, Bellaterra, 2000.