Not available in 2021/22
GY480 Half Unit
Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
This course is available on the 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 International and Asian History, 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.
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.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
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.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Controlled access 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills