Prof. Chung Wai Keung
This course is to review the process of urbanization in China with an emphasis on changes in the last few decades, and to investigate how this process has transformed Chinese society. Starting with an urban population of no more than 20% in the 1950s, China has turned into an urbanized country with more than 50% of her citizens living in an urban environment. What has happened during this process? What has changed? How did the urbanization process affect the lives of the Chinese? How do we characterize urbanization in China and how does it differ from the same process in other social settings?
Week 1: Introduction: Urbanism and the Rise of Urban China
Week 2: Before the Reform: Danwei / Work Unit Urbanism
Week 3: Reform to Present: Xiaoqu and Gated Communities
Week 4: Urban Neighborhood Governance: Now and Then
Week 5: The Rise of Urban Middle Class
Week 6: The Urban-Rural Divide: Moving from Rural to Urban, Hukou, Internal Migration
Week 7: A Divided Urbanism
Week 8: The New Chinese Metropolis: Shanghai
Week 9: Urban Consumption
Week 10: Housing Consumption, Spatial Differentiation and Residential Inequalities in
Week 11: Skyscrapers, Mega-events and City Branding
Week 12: Gentrification in Urban China
Week 13: China’s State-led Urbanization/ Politics of Urban Development
Assessment & Assignments
Attendance and Participation 10%
Group project 30%
Reading Journals (Two journals each 10%) 20%
Final Individual Paper 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 http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.
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 textbased 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.