Not available in 2020/21
GY480      Half Unit
Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity

This information is for the 2020/21 session.


This course is available on the MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.



Course content

The recent decades have seen China emerging as one of the most important global economic and political players. The course aims to offer opportunities to gain comprehensive and yet critical insights into China’s development in urban, regional and global dimensions by reflecting upon the significance of China’s role in the world economy as well as the challenges emerging within China. Tentative topics are as follows:

China's rise in the global capitalism; Uneven development and regional disparities; Governing China and the role of the state; Speculative urbanisation; Mega-city regions; Gender and China; Factory of the World and work inequalities; Migration, hukou and local citizenship; Public participation and rights activism.


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Campanella, T.J. (2008) The concrete revolution: China’s urban revolution and what it means for the world. Princeton Architectural Press

Hsing, Y-T (2010) The great urban transformation. Oxford University Press

Hsing, Y.T and Lee C. K (eds) (2009) Reclaiming Chinese Society, The New Social Activism.Routledge

Jacques, M. (2009) When China rules the world: The rise of the Middle Kingdom and the end of the Western world. Allen Lane

Lee, C.K. (2007) Against the law: Labor protests in China’s rustbelt and sunbelt. University of California Press

Ngai, P (2005) Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. Duke Univ. Press

Shao, Q. (2013) Shanghai Gone: Domicide and defiance in a Chinese megacity. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Wu, W. and Gaubatz, P. (2012) The Chinese city. Routledge

Zhang, L and Ong, A ( 2008) (eds) Privatizing China. Cornell University Press

Wu, F. (2015) Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China. Routledge


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2019/20: 23

Average class size 2019/20: 12

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills