GY480      Half Unit
Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Hyun Shin CKK.3.17


This course is available on the MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Management (LSE and Sciences Po), 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.

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 that the course covers include, but not limited to, the following: China's rise in the global capitalism; uneven development and regional disparities; political economy of urbanisation; governing China and the role of the state; socio-economic inequalities; urban manifestations of global China; public participation and rights activism.


27 hours of seminars in the WT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 presentation in the WT.

Indicative reading

  • Campanella, T.J. (2008) The concrete Revolution: China’s urban revolution and what it means for the world. Princeton Architectural Press
  • Friedman, E. (2022) The Urbanization of People: The Politics of Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City. Columbia University Press
  • Hsing, Y-T (2010) The Great Urban transformation. Oxford University 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, F. (2015) Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China. Routledge
  • Wu, F. (2022) Creating Chinese Urbanism: Urban Revolution and Governance Changes. UCL Press


Coursework (30%, 1500 words) and essay (65%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Class participation (5%) in the WT.

Students are to submit regular reading responses via Moodle as part of class participation.

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2022/23: Unavailable

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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