GV432      Half Unit
Government and Politics in China

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Chun Lin CON3.10


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics and MSc in Global Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


This course is capped at two groups. The deadline for receipt of applications will likely be between Friday 25 September and Friday 9 October 2015, depending on the course.The exact deadline for applications will be confirmed at your programme induction. You will be expected to provide a rationale setting out your motivations for selecting this course via the LSE for You system. 

Course content

Historical and international conditions and domestic contradictions of economic, social and political transformations in the People's Republic of China; their rival explanations and interpretations: Often in comparison with other postcommunist transitions, other Asian states and other developing countries, discussions of China will cover its historical and international contexts, geopolitics and political demography, central and local state power, central-local relations, and semi-federalism; bureaucracy as tradition and as invention; political economy and market transition and broader liberalisation and global integration; social structure and organisation, and class, ethnic, and gender relations; ideology, culture and cultural politics, issues concerning democracy and legitimacy; nationalism, “one country, two systems”, and the Taiwan question; and China’s military, foreign relations, and changing global position.


27 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT.

This course is offered in MT, constituting 10 weeks of 2.5 hour seminars and one reading week (week 6 of the MT) for essay and learning support activities.  

Formative coursework

Students are required to give at least one seminar presentation, and to write one 1,500 word essay.

Indicative reading

M Meisner, The Deng Xiaoping Era (1996); B Womack, Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective (1999); C Bramall, Chinese Economic Development (2008); D Shambaugh, China's Communist Party (2008); C K Lee, Against the Law (2007); S Heilman & E Perry (eds), Mao's Invisible Hand (2011); M Leonard (ed), China 3.0 (2012);V Goossaert and D Palmer, eds. The Religious Question in Modern China ( 2011)


Essay (100%, 4000 words).

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2014/15: 32

Average class size 2014/15: 16

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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