The course will highlight the political economy of China. For example, how do China’s political institutions operate and influence the country’s economic development? The course will take its starting point with tools in modern development and political economics, which can be applied to the study of China. In this process, we will gradually build a common analytical framework.  We will end with a number of closer examination of key issues in China’s economic reforms.

This course is an introduction to research methods on modern East Asian studies through the perspective of the economics discipline. Its main objective is to equip students with necessary concepts, tools and techniques which are essential to do quantitative analysis on East Asia. These tools are useful for setting up and solving a wide range of problems, not just limited to economic problems but also to political and social problems. We will learn how to develop a real research project on East Asia by applying these methods.  We will start from finding a research topic, to surveying the literature, then to setting up a theoretical framework, and finally to finding and analyzing data. “Learning by doing” is the most important principle. A half of the course will focus on theoretical learning, and another half will be devoted to practicing and discussion. During the practicing courses, the students will form self-selected groups and are expected to contribute to the research project by using your own special skills.