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OCAS 3000 - Population, Gender and Society in China

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

China is a source of constant concern to the international community mainly with regard to its growing influence in the global economy. However, this world economic giant is now at a crossroads regarding both its demography and social development. The post-demographic transition period is indeed a time of major upheaval for individuals, families and society as a whole. The seminar aims at discussing various aspects of China's demographics in the early 21st century, taking into account the fact that China is not a homogeneous entity and that there are significant disparities between various population groups (rural/urban, women/men, etc.). The seminar draws attention to the paradoxical effects of the economic and demographic transitions on individuals, with a focus on women's experience and gender roles, as Chinese society remains, in many ways, very attached to its social and family traditions.


ATTANE, Isabelle (Directrice de recherche)

Course validation

1) An oral presentation of a short text (a chapter of an edited book or an article in an academic journal) on a topic related to the course. It can be about China or another country in Asia (Deadline: mid-term; 35% of the final grade)
2) A critical analysis in the form of a four-page dissertation, of a press article related to a demographic issue in China. Arguments must be developed using scientific literature (Deadline: last lecture; 65% of the final grade)

Required reading

  • 1.J.C. Caldwell and Z. Zhao “China's Demography in Perspective”. In Z. Zhao and F. Guo, Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century, OUP, 2007 [].
  • 2.I. Attané, “The End of One Child per Family in China?” Population & Societies n°535, July 2016. []
  • 3.C. Loh and Remick E., “China's Skewed Sex Ratio and the One-Child Policy”, The China Quarterly, June 2015. []
  • 4.A. Xu and Y. Xia, “The Changes in Mainland Chinese Families During the Social Transition: A Critical Analysis” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Vol. XLV, n°1, Winter 2014. []
  • 5.J. Banister, D.E. Bloom, and L. Rosenberg, “Population Aging and Economic Growth in China”, PGDA Working Paper No. 53 []

Additional required reading

  • 6. F. Lévy, “The Migration of Women from Northern China: A gender-oriented choice?” China Perspectives, n°4, 2012 (Optional Reading)
  • 7.T. Angeloff and M. Lieber, “Equality, Did You Say? Chinese feminism after 30 years of reforms” China Perspectives, n°4, 2012.(Optional Reading)