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INR3004 Change in Contemporary China

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Anna Hayes
Moderator: Richard Gehrmann


Pre-requisite: Any two courses of International Relations

Other requisites

Students who have previously completed AST3001 cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


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 and globally. It is vital that international relations students have an understanding of the role an influence of China in world politics in the contemporary era.


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 global north 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. It examines both domestic and international issues affecting China and analyses China's role and influence in world politics into the twenty-first century, a century which has been dubbed `the Asian Century'.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. describe and assess factors which have shaped contemporary Chinese society;
  2. identify and analyse issues of social, political and economic development and change in China;
  3. comprehend and analyse China's external relationships and its regional and global roles;
  4. communicate in writing by preparing and submitting a document analysis and a research essay, which adheres to disciplinary norms and practices;
  5. demonstrate cultural literacy skills through their comprehension and analysis of historical, political and policy issues in China;
  6. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying referencing norms and practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Historical Themes and Overview 10.00
2. Peoples of China 10.00
3. China's Political System 40.00
4. Aspects of Society 20.00
5. China's Foreign Relations 15.00
6. China into the 21st Century 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Gries, P H & Rosen, S 2010, Chinese Politics. State, society and the market, Routledge, New York.
  • Saich, T 2011, Governance and Politics of China, 3rd edn, Palgrave MacMillen, New York.

Reference materials

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, JYS (ed) 2003, China's challenges in the twenty-first century, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong.
  • Dreyer, J 2012, China's political system: modernization and tradition, 8th edn, Pearson Longman, Boston.
  • Klein, J 2006, Consuming China: approaches to cultural change in contemporary China, Routledge, Abingdon.
  • Saich, T 2011, Governance and politics of China, 3rd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
  • Veek, G 2007, China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic and Social Change, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 126.00
Lectures 26.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 100 35 21 Jul 2014 (see note 1)
DOCUMENT ANALYSIS (1000 WDS) 100 15 12 Sep 2014
RESEARCH ESSAY (3000 WDS) 100 50 24 Oct 2014

  1. Ten (10) quizzes to be completed in nominated weeks and submitted online throughout the semester. Further details on this assessment can be found in the Course Materials on Study Desk (including dates for quizzes). Each quiz is worth 10 marks, with a total of 100 marks available overall for this assessment. This assessment is weighted at 35% of the total course marks. These tasks must be completed online.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course..

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. 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.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a 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).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

  11. All students are to submit nominated assignments through Turnitin. Non-compliance with this request could result in assignment marks being withheld. Students should consult the course Introductory Book and the USQ Study Desk for further instructions on how to submit assignments on Turnitin.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.