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4940 – Economic Reform in China

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Course content

The rise of China since 1978 has been an event of unprecedented global economic importance. The course will largely rely on a macroeconomic approach to the understanding of the issues involved in China’s development over this period and its future prospects, but without neglecting the close interaction of economic strategy and political doctrine in the Chinese development. The course will cover the background and preconditions for the new direction of the Chinese economy from the late 1970s, and the major issues of the economic reform, such as the rural reforms, the problematic transition from plan to market, the reform of the state-owned enterprises, and that gradual opening to the outside world. Particular attention will be given to issues related the establishment of new social security system and to a comparison between the Chinese and the Indian development.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving background knowledge of the Chinese economy in recent decades and comprehensive insight into major macroeconomic and development issues of the Chinese economic reforms. The course will provide a good background for further specialization and for theses topics on related issues.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Economics, or equivalent


Lectures: 2 hours per week throughout the semester.

Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.

Access to teaching

A student who has had the compulsory term papers approved, is not entitled to hand in the term papers again. A student who has previously been admitted to the course, but who has not completed the compulsory term papers, is entitled to repeat the course, contingent on available capacity.


Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English. See § 5.4 in Regulations governing studies and examinations at the University of Oslo.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

The Department of Economics has passed following resolution for ECON-courses: It will no longer be possible for candidates to register for an exam in a lower level course after having passed exams in intermediate and advanced level courses in the same subject area (also where there are no pre-requisites that apply to the intermediate course). Further information can be found here.

Students who might wish to retake the exam later, are not guaranteed that the course is ever repeated with a similar reading list, nor that the exam arrangement will be the same.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring 2007


Spring 2007

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