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MODULE 1: Geography, History and Politics (GHP) - China

Contents and topics of the course


China is growing extremely fast and changing rapidly and provides dramatic and new challenges for the world. This course provides the background to the country in a geographical and historical context in order to understand the present circumstances. Politics plays a crucial role in the structure of life in China and the lessons provide insight into the environment within which local and international businesses must operate.

China’s long civilization provides clues to its current economic success. This course includes knowledge of China’s origins, important historical turning points, the revered emperors and dynasties, wars, and the rise of the Communist party, which remains in power today.
Students will learn about the momentous era of Mao Zedong and its legacy for modern China. In addition, the period of economic revival begun by Deng Xiaoping through to the current leadership and the role of the State in business and everyday life will be covered.


Using presentations, film clips, student research, articles, and class discussions this course will help students to understand the background to present-day China. Almost every day an article originating from China appears in the papers or on the internet. These current news items will be discussed in their historical and political context with a view to what they may mean for China’s and the world’s future.

If you would like to experience a sample class prior to your enrolment, you can contact the lecturer concerned to arrange a visit to sit in in one of the lessons.

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