POLS211-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

China from Mao to Now

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017


The course will provide an introduction to the foreign and domestic policy of the People’s Republic of China 'from Mao to now' with reference to the comparative situation in Taiwan (Republic of China).

China has a crucial role in the international political order. This course will provide an introduction to the domestic politics and foreign policy of the People's Republic of Chi,a (PRC) and that of Taiwan (Republic of China, ROC).

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop understanding of, among other topics: the Chinese political system; the role of the Chinese Communist Party in Chinese society, especially its impact on media, ideology, and culture; China's political economy and its global impact; China's evolving foreign policy; Taiwan's democratic development and struggle for international space; and New Zealand-China relations and how New Zealand is responding to China's growing power and influence.

Transferable skills:
Students will hone critical reading and information gathering skills, as well as academic writing skills.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


15 points in POLS at 100-level. Students not meeting the prerequisites but with at least a B average in 60 points in appropriate courses may be admitted to take Political Science and International Relations courses at the 200-level with the approval of the Department coordinator.

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 151 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady


Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China, New York: Palgrave, 2015.

Required reading materials can be accessed on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $732.00

International fee $2,975.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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