2023-2024 / ASIE0028-1

Post-Socialist China and Globalization : Social and Political Dynamics


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology)5 crédits 
 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Eric Florence


Stijn Deklerck

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Schedule: Wednesdays from 11.00 to 13.00.  B7a S5 (-1/13) [Liège Sart-Tilman - Agora]

First session: 20 September 2023.

Infos : Eric.Florence@ulg.ac.be


General outline (See Ecampus for the detailed agenda for this course as well as the assigned readings which will be made available through this platform as well as at the  :

This course is divided into two types of sessions (see section "Teaching activities" below):

1. Presentations by the teacher and by guest professors on the following introductory themes (+ discussions):

- transition between Maoist and post-Maoist periods;

- state and Party institutions;

- government by law;

- migration, work and political economy in the reform era;

- the ethnic question in China;

- social organizations and social control;

- Hong Kong: a hybrid political regime


2. Thematic presentations (literature reviews) by student groups and discussions

Non-exhaustive list of themes provided to students. This year, priority will be put on the following 5 topics:

- The Chinese transnational state;

- China and the EU;

- Nature of the Chinese political regime / the Chinese development model;

- Hong Kong: from one country two systems to the National Security Law;

- collective movements in the Xi Jinping era (LGTBQ+; labor relations; the challenging of the aspirational model tinked to high growth; etc.).  


Other topics can include:

- Intellectuals and the State;

- Freedom of expression and control of the Internet;

- The emergence of a civil society;

- The religious question in China;

- Redeployment of power beyond national borders;

The perspective followed is resolutely diachronic and dynamic. We will study how institutions inherited from the Maoist period (1949-1978) evolved to play a new role in a context of introduction of capitalism and market relations in China. The institutions of post-Maoist China have influenced and some of them still influence people's daily lives. However, we too often ignore the different ways in which these institutions are transformed by the individuals themselves.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop her/his capacity to understand and situate the major issues of the socio-political processes at work in post-Maoist China, in particular with regard to the dynamics of relations between the state-party and contemporary Chinese society.
  • Strengthen their ability to identify the key resources of the scientific literature in relation to the specific themes addressed in the course (civil society; modalities of social control; forms of redeployment of state power; influence of the Chinese Party-state abroad; etc.) and to synthesize its central elements.
  • Develop her/his capacity for reflection and analysis in relation to the central concepts mobilized within the scientific literature studied - resistance / domination; hegemony; civil society and social mobilizations; capitalism; authoritarianism; democracy; etc.
This course combines face-to-face sessions with individual and collective work (in small groups of 2 to 4 students via the online system ECampus).
As far as online work is concerned, it will have a dual objective:
- Develop collaborative work between students;
- Strengthen the active participation of students as well as a better appropriation of teaching content, particularly through preparation before face-to-face sessions.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Passive knowledge of English

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In order to achieve these objectives, the following learning activities will be implemented:

  • Face-to-face presentations by the professor and by guest professors around general themes aimed at introducing the socio-political context of post-Maoist China. These sessions are preceded by assigned readings by the students (6 sessions of 2 hours). The students will have the opportunity to answer questions, as well as to formulate questions themselves related to the readings offered before and during these face-to-face sessions. These sessions will be devoted to a series of themes mentioned above under the heading "Contents of the learning unit".
  • Preparation / writing in groups of 2 to 4 students of summary work (focused literature review) around a theme chosen jointly from a list of themes proposed by the professor (see below below "Contents of the teaching unit"). Exchanges between the students and the teacher will take place both online and face-to-face in order to refine the writing of these literature reviews by students which will then be shared on the ECampus platform. The teacher will provide advices on how to write this review (sources; structure of the paper; identification of paradigms and debates around the chosen theme; etc.). The first class session will be devoted in particular to the constitution of student groups and the allocation of themes to each of these groups;
  • Oral presentation of this work by the students and face-to-face discussion (questions and answers).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face teaching and online activities (via ECampus platforlm). 

Recommended or required readings

In addition to a portfolio of readings which will be available both on Ecampus and at the University of Liège Press, use will be made of a wide range of ethnographic materials (posters, slogans, official documents, press and scientific articles, popular literature , video documents, photographs, etc.). Access to these ethnographic documents complements the readings carried out by students and aims to allow students to give the learning content a materiality and a more lively dimension.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The assessment consists in:

1. Participation to the class sessions and online assignments: 10 %of the mark;

2. A written evaluation based on the first six weeks of class (students will be allowed to used the papers, book chapters and summaries of these documents during the exam): 30% of the mark;

3. Oral presentation and written delivery of a focused "state of the art" in groups of 2 to 4 persons (the oral presentation will last between 20 and 30 minutes and will be followed by questions and a discussion). These presentations can be delivered in French or English and are worth 60% of the mark. 


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Eric Florence Eric.Florence@ulg.ac.be 

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