China in Transition

Subject GEOG20010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours total time commitment


Usually completion of 25 points of first year geography, environment, economics or Asian studies or approval of the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison website:


Prof Mark Wang


Subject Overview:

This subject is about a changing China. The focus of the subject is the ongoing social, economic and political transformation and the impacts of the reforms on China’s people and environment. The subject covers three sets of topics: Urban geography and China (housing and land reforms, changing morphology from socialism to capitalism, urban enclavism and gated communities, migrant workers and urban villages); China’s economic development (Open door policy and geography of “Made in China”; Wenzhou Model, Pearl-River-Delta Model, state-owned enterprises, inequality, poverty alleviation and migration, rural development and governance); and China’s environment challenges (water management, environmental governance, and climate change).

This subject is about the changing geography of ‘Red Capitalist’ China. The focus of the subject is the ongoing social, economic and political transformation and the impacts of the reforms on China’s people and environment. The subject covers three sets of topics: China’s many faces (generation conflicts; ethnic minorities, rural China; physical landscapes and environment; Chinese women - “half sky”); China in transition (large is not beautiful, population policy and one-child only; China’s reform model; open door policy and geography of “Made in China”; population mobility and urbanisation; and spatial shifts of development focus); China’s major challenges (AIDS/HIV, geography of commercial sex industry; income polarisation; corruption and “Guanxi” with Chinese characteristics; “get rich quickly” and environmental cost; development and resource demand; and Three Gorges Dam resettlement).

Learning Outcomes:



Written work totalling 4000 comprising: a 500-word tutorial written report (15%) due one week after the associated tutorial topic; in-class quiz with multiple choice and short answer questions equivalent to 600 words (20%) by the end of the semester; a 15-minute group presentation equivalent to approximately 5 minutes per person (15%) in the last 3 weeks of semester; and a 2500 word essay (50%) due at the end of semester.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Develop cross-cultural study skills;
  • write coherent and research essays;
  • work effectively in projects which require teamwork.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environmental Geography
Environments Discipline subjects
Human Geography
Human Geography
Integrated Geography
Integrated Geography

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