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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5909M China and India in the Global Context

15 creditsClass Size: 44

Module manager: Giles Blackburne

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary Chinese and Indian economies and the extent of their global interaction. Current and ongoing debates on China and India are integral to the module.


This module introduces students to the contemporary economies of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India. The current environment has to be understood within the context of China and India's recent economic and political history that has shaped the contemporary business environment for domestic and foreign firms alike. This necessitates an understanding of the political, economic, legal and social factors prevailing in these emerging economies and the role of trade and investment.

The learned understanding will be applied to live business cases in ‘Fireside Talks’, developing the students’ communication and commercial awareness skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will
- demonstrate an understanding of contemporary China and India within a global business context
- develop a critical awareness of how China and India's economies have been and are developing
- develop a critical awareness of how China and India's economies are impacting on other economies
- be independent, critical thinkers, capable of generating business insights and making judgements and decisions about the respective economies
- be able to define a research problem and design and implement an appropriate research strategy

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- be independent, critical thinkers capable of generating business insights and making judgements and decisions in the Chinese and Indian context
- be able to define a research problem and design and implement an appropriate research strategy


Indicative syllabus:
- China and India's economic reforms
- Economic geography and diversity
- Economic development and the economic environment
- Outward and inward foreign direct investment
- Models of economic development
- Foreign firms in China and India
- Manufacturing and service sectors
- Institutional environment
- China and India's integration with the world economy

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum11.001.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The private studies will be used to prepare for and revise the lectures as well as carry out research for the practical sessions. The four practical sessions, called 'Fireside Talks', are built around a problem a guest from industry is giving to students. Students have to carry out research in order to provide a solution to the guest from industry. The guest has business links with China and India, or is currently considering developing them in either country, which links the practical to the core of the module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress will be monitored through (a) class discussion of the topics considered in the lectures, and (b) the participation in the seminars, and (c) the participation in the practical 'Fireside Talks'. During the seminars students will be expected to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during lectures (and across other modules) and their private study to the evaluation and discussion of case study questions and theory.
Students will be given feedback on their oral and written contributions by the peers and the lecturer during the lectures and the seminars. They will also be provided with suggested further information and responses to the case studies in written-form via the VLE after the seminar. General and individual formative feedback will be given in class and through the VLE.

Students can obtain formative feedback on a one-to-one basis from the lecturer outside the class setting.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3000 words coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:54


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