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2011/2012  KAN-CBL_GICH  Governance and Institutions in Chinese Context

English Title
Governance and Institutions in Chinese Context

Course Information

Language Chinese
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture
Course Coordinator
  • Verner Worm - Department of International Economics and Management
Verner Worm
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The aim of the course is twofold. On the one hand it will build up students’ oral communicative skills in Chinese. The course will provide the students with an understanding of terms and concepts specific to Chinese public institutional development, and enable students to present and discuss issues relevant to this. On the other hand the course will provide the students with insights into the context for business in China, providing them with insights into the institutional dynamics of this country.
Governance and Institutions in Chinese context:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 30 Minutes
The students will write a one page synopsis in Chinese that serves as the launch pad for a discussion in Chinese of the course literature. The examination will take 30 minutes (evaluation included). Students receive one grade that is determined by the content of his/her performance at the exam, and another that reflects his/her communicative skills in Chinese.
Course Content

The course will focus on Party-State-Business relations. China has a socialist, one-party government, and although the pressure from the global political and economic environment is pushing for more pluralism, this has only been somewhat achieved in the economic area. China’s one-party rule has responded to the international pressure and challenges by engaging in a process of creating a new institutional setup, while modernising and restructuring the remaining organisational system and allowing a plethora of social organisations and associations (shetuan) to develop. Nevertheless, the role of the party is crucial for understanding Chinese business environment, because the party control the appointment not only of important institutions and associations, but also the appointment of business leaders to the large state-owned enterprises (SOE). The SOEs are still important for the Chinese economy and most R&D in China take place in the large SOEs.

Teaching Methods
Classroom teaching and discussions based on readings. The students are expected to participate actively in the classroom and take turns making presentions that sum up and discuss the issues in the readings. Finally, students must display an ability to gather literature in addition to the course material.

Peter Nolan, China and the Global Economy (in Chinese).