Course Code


Course Name

Perspectives on Chinese Studies [Required Course for ICC Stream]


Monday 9:30am-12:15pm





Teaching Assistant

WEN Mingrui

Course Description

This is a required course for all students on the Issues in Contemporary China (ICC) stream of the MA in Chinese Studies. It has two aims:

(i) To enhance students’ academic literacy and develop writing and research skills required to complete the MA at the Centre for China Studies. The course will focus particularly on writing literature reviews and book reports, as well as citation guidelines and research ethics.

(ii) To engage a broad selection of the English-language literature on contemporary China, to introduce debates relating to China’s politics, society and international relations.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Studying contemporary China

Week 3: Academic literacy

Week 4: Academic literacy & research methods

Week 5: Interpreting the rise of China

Week 6: China and globalization

Week 7: Literature reviews – preparation

Week 8: Issues in Chinese politics and society

Week 9: Special topic / guest lecture

Week 10: China and international politics

Week 11: Group discussions

Week 12: Are we living in a Chinese century?

Week 13: Conclusion

Assessment & Assignments

Academic writing and citation exercises (20%)

Book review (20%)

Literature review (50%)

Attendance and participation (10%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.