Course Code


Course Name

Housing and Urban Governance in Contemporary China


Thursday 6:30-9:15pm


WMY 402


Jackson Kuo Hao YEH

Teaching Assistant

Mavis SIU

Course Description

This course looks at the transformation of housing and urban governance in contemporary China. The class will first introduce various perspectives to understand the role and importance of housing in general. It will then teach students with some basic skills on policy analysis and evaluation. The following lectures will look at the Chinese context and investigate the structural change of housing system and its impacts on the Chinese society. Subsequently the course covers a number of current housing policy issues in mainland China, such as development of affordable housing, real estate fever, protection of private property, as well as housing management. Particular attention is paid to the interplay between changes in the housing sector and broader socio-political developments in contemporary China.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: The Role and Significance of Housing

Week 3: Basics of Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Week 4: Institutional and Organizational Arrangements of Housing and Urban Governance in China

Week 5: Housing Reform and Urbanization

Week 6: The Causes and Implications of the Chinese “Real Estate Fever”

Week 7: The Development of Affordable Housing

Week 8: The Redevelopment of Villages in the City

Week 9: Mid-Term Test

Week 10: Chinese Homeowners’ Activism

Week 11: Public Housing and New Town Development in Hong Kong

Week 12: Conclusion and Hong Kong Housing Policy and Practice

Assessment & Assignments

Class participation (10%)

Group presentation (30%)

Mid-Term Test (20%)

Final Individual Essay (40%)

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.