China, Shanghai (Fudan University)

Dynamics of the Chinese Economy

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1645

China has been undergoing exceedingly rapid economic transformation in the past half a century, transiting from a planned economy to a market economy. The unprecedented economic reform has lifted China to the ranks of middle-income countries, while the Chinese economy also displays unrivaled complexities, such as urban-rural divide, improving but fragmented social security system, fast urbanization process under the context of hukou restrictions, and enlarging income inequality. Moreover, China’s economic transformation has been closely intertwined with compressed demographic transition marked by sharply reduced fertility and accelerating population aging. Thus, this course not only introduces various aspects of China’s dynamic economy, but also explores the linkages between population change and economic development. We raise a series of questions: What is China’s economic growth pattern and structural change? What is the typical feature of rural industrialization in China? What are the economic consequences of the urban-rural divide? When might China’s demographic dividend end? Investigations into these questions may provide students with a deeper understanding on China’s contemporary society.

This course is taught at Fudan Univerity (Shanghai,China) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Peking Universtiy(China),Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and Edvance Education International (China), offering summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and themes and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.

This course can be combined with
-Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Essentials of Investment Management (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-China and the Dynamics of Globalization (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Asia-Pacific Security (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Humanism and Chinese Urbanization (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Contemporary and International Conflict Management (Utrecht University, 18 - 29 July 2016)

Course leader

Dr. Shen Ke (Fudan University)

Target group

Students of social sciences (incl. law, economics, business), sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in politics, governance, commerce and sustainability. A general background in the social sciences is desirable, but no specific expertise is required.

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