AST 3001 Change in Contemporary China

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
AST 3001 44845 2, 2005 EXT Change in Contemporary China 1.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOART
Academic org: FOA003
Student contribution band: 1
ASCED code: 090300



Examiner: Don McMillen
Moderator: Yan Zhao


China is one of the world's most significant countries. It is one of the world's largest and most populated countries and it is one of the world's oldest civilizations, having centuries of cultural tradition and achievement. Unquestionably, it will play an increasingly important role in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1949 when the People's Republic was established a succession of Chinese leaders has perceived a gap between the economic and technological capacity of the country and that of major western nations. This course examines the approaches which have been adopted by the Chinese government to stimulate economic and technological development. In particular, it focuses on contemporary policies and on the patterns of continuity and change.


On successful completion of this course, students should demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the factors which have shaped modern Chinese society;
  2. An understanding of the major issues of social, political and economic development and change in China;
  3. A knowledge of the policies currently being pursued by the Chinese government.
  4. An understanding of China's external relationships.


Description Weighting (%)
1. Historical Themes and Overview
2. Geographical Contexts
3. Peoples of China
3.1. Population Issues
3.2. Minority Issues
4. China's Political System
4.1. Organs of Power and Policy
4.2. Maoism and the Cultural Revolution
4.3. Mao's Successors: The Four Modernisations
4.4. Challenges to the Political System: Tiananmen
5. Aspects of Society
5.1. Education
5.2. Living Standards and Life-styles
6. China's Foreign Relations
6.1. Overview
6.2. China's Foreign Economic Relations
6.3. Hong Kong and Taiwan Issues
6.4. Sino-Australian Relations
7. China into the 21st Century

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed:

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Gamer, Robert E. 2003, Understanding contemporary China, 2nd edn, Lynne Rienner Press, Boulder, Co.

Hunter, A & Sexton, J 1999, Contemporary China, St Martins, New York.

MacKerras, C, McMillen, D & Watson, A (eds) 2001, Dictionary of the politics of the People's Republic of China, Routledge, London.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Cheng, Joseph Y S (ed) 2003, China's challenges in the twenty-first century, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong.

Dickson, B, Chao Chien-min (eds) 2001, Remaking the Chinese state: strategies, society and security, Routledge, London.
(Electronic copy available from library catalogue)

Dietrich, C 1998, People's China: a brief history, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Draguhn, W, Goodman D (eds) 2002, China's Communist revolutions: fifty years of the People's Republic of China, Routledge, London.

Dreyer, J 2004, China's political system: modernization and tradition, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.

Fewsmith, J 2001, China since Tiananmen: the politics of transition, Cambridge University Press, New York.
(Electronic copy available from library catalogue)

Hsu, C Y 2000, The rise of modern China, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Lawrance, A 1998, China under Communism, Routledge, London.

Mackerras. C, Taneja, P & Young, G 1998, China since 1978: reform, modernisation and `socialism with Chinese characteristics', 2nd edn, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.

Pollack, J, Yang, R (eds) 1998, In China's shadow: regional perspectives on Chinese foreign policy and military development, Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.
(Electronic copy available from library catalogue)

Saich, T 2004, Governance and politics of China, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Schoppa, R K 2002, Revolution and its past: identities and change in modern Chinese history, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Tien Hung-mao, Chu Yun-han (eds) 2000, China under Jiang Zemin, Lynne Rienner, Boulder, Co.

Unger, J (ed) 2002, The nature of Chinese politics: from Mao to Jiang, ME Sharpe, New York.

Yee, H & Storey, I (eds) 2002, The China threat - perceptions, myths and reality, Curzon, Richmond.


Directed Study 42.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 120.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
PAPER 1 (1200 WORDS) 100.00 20.00 02 Sep 2005
MAJOR ESSAY (2000 WDS) 100.00 40.00 21 Oct 2005
FINAL EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 100.00 40.00 END S2 (see note 1)
Students will be advised of the official exam date after timetable has been finalised


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriate in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval, then a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the assignment will apply for each of the first FIVE working days late, after which a zero mark will be given.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by: (i) satisfactorily completing the examination and assignments; and (ii) obtaining at least 50% of the total weighted marks for all summative assessment items.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a RESTRICTED EXAMINATION, and candidates are allowed access to * Translation dictionary. Students whose first language is not English, may, with the Examiner's approval, take an appropriate non- electronic translation dictionary into the examination. Students who wish to use a translation dictionary MUST request and receive written approval from the Examiner at least one week before the examination date. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage;
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will normally be held during the next examination period.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL or in the current USQ Handbook.


9. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (e) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).