POLS211-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

China from Mao to Now

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will provide an introduction to the domestic politics and foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan (Republic of China).

China has a crucial role in the international political order. This course will provide an introduction to the domestic politics and foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and that of Taiwan (Republic of China, ROC).

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of, among other topics: the Chinese political system; the role of the Chinese Communist Party in Chinese society, especially its impact on media, ideology, and culture; China's political economy and its global impact; China's evolving foreign policy; Taiwan's democratic development and struggle for international space; New Zealand-China relations and how New Zealand is responding to China's growing power and influence.

Transferable skills:
Students will hone critical reading and information gathering skills, as well as academic writing skills.


Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Rehua 009
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Two essays 50% 1,500 words each
Final exam 40% Three-hour final exam in exam period
Participation 10% Participation (based on attendance, preparation of readings, and contribution to class activities)

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Saich, Tony; Governance and politics of China ; 4th edition, fully revised and updated; Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Students in POLS211 are recommended to make this book the starting point for their reading in preparation for the lectures, essays, and final exam. This text is available for sale at the University Book Shop and online; it is also in the 3-day loan section of the library. There is a required packet of reading materials for the course which students can access on the POLS211 Learn page.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All POLS211 Occurrences

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