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    An introduction to the socio-cultural dynamics of China's transformation, drawing on anthropological perspectives to illuminate how critical issues such as urbanisation, religion, and gender are shaped by China's past, its present, and global forces. Taught in English.

    This introductory paper examines some of the momentous transformations that took place in the People's Republic of China (PRC) after 1979. This knowledge will be used to help students acquire an appreciation of the forces shaping mainland Chinese society. At a broader level, this paper is designed to help students develop teamwork skills, cultural competence, and cultural empathy. These skills will enable students to learn how to work as a team member and see the world from a different perspective. These attributes are highly sought after by employers around the world.

    About this paper

    Paper title Contemporary Chinese Society
    Subject Chinese
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
    Teaching staff
    Convenor: Dr Sin Wen Lau
    Readings are available for you as electronic reserve at the Otago Library as well as on Blackboard.
    Course outline

    Sample course outline

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Identify six key features of post-1979 China
    • Explain the ways in which these six key features shape everyday life in post-1979 China


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
    Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22
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