Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3133: Chinese Politics and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Owen (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Arguably a new global superpower, China has become one of the most important actors in world affairs in the last decade. It is the most populous country in the world and has the world’s second largest economy. An understanding of the processes and principles that drive the behaviour of this significant and compelling state is therefore essential for students of politics and international relations in the 21st Century. Divided into two parts, this course will give an overview of 20th Century Chinese political history before introducing you to the central themes and concepts of Chinese domestic politics, social trends and foreign policy. No prior knowledge of the region is assumed; however, students will be expected to have an understanding of the basic categories of politics and international relations.

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