Social Policies and People’s Livilihoods in Contempoary China

Social Policies and People’s Livilihoods in Contempoary China

Autumn 2014
Zhejiang University


Prof. LIN Ka

School of Public Affairs
Research Area:social policy theories, social policies on income maintanence, health care,
global social policy, social development and social quality


Course Description

This course will provide knowledge in the fields of sociology, social policy, economics, policy analysis and development studies. It focuses on social policy issues in contemporary China, with a wide reference to various aspects of social life and people’s living conditions. The course sets its orientation at social sciences and humanities, but it also opens to the students of natural sciences and technologies. The course consists of a series of lectures with some discussions and fieldwork involved. The final exam is to write a term paper in a moderate length.

Course Schedule

Lecture 1: Social Development and People’s Everyday Life in Contemporary China
    A. the indicators on Chinese economic growth, social development, and people’s living standards
B. some issues of debates: income inequality, social stratification, and cross-regional migration
C. the influence of social policies on Chinese social conditions and people’s life
D. some basic conceptions on social policy and social security

Lecture 2: The Historical Development of the Chinese Social Protection System
A.the period of system establishment under planning economy
B.the period of transition from “enterprise welfare” to the state-managed system
C.the implementation of a new social security system in order to facilitate the market operation
D.The directions of future development: productivism, developmentalism and redistributivism

Lecture 3: Income Maintainence and Social Insurance
A.old-age pension injury

Lecture 4: Poor Relief and Employment assistance and poor relief
B.minimal income guarantee
C.employment services
D.migrant workers and labor right

Lecture 5: Housing and Health Care
A.the expansion of the Chinese real estate market
B.affordable housing and the publicly-rented housing
C.The system of public health
D.Health care policies

Lecture 6: Local Community and NGOs work
B.non-governmental agents (NGOs)
C.voluntary work







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