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OCAS 3000 - Population, Gender and Society in China

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

China is a constant source of concern for the international community, mainly because of its growing influence in the global economy. However, it is now at a crossroads: a shrinking labor force, a rapidly ageing population, and a growing gender imbalance are major challenges that must be addressed to ensure economic viability and social stability in the coming decades. This transition period is causing major upheavals for gender relations, families and society as a whole. The objective of the seminar is to discuss the different social issues of China today in relation to demographic changes, taking into account the heterogeneity of the population (rural/urban, women/men, etc.). The seminar draws attention to the paradoxical effects of the economic, social and demographic transitions on individuals (health, education, employment, family arrangements, marriage, sexual behaviors, etc.), with a focus on women's experience, gender roles and gender-based discriminations.


ATTANE, Isabelle (Directrice de recherche)

Course validation

Course requirements: oral presentation, active participation, take-home papers.
Grading and assessment: Two distinct contributions are expected:
1) An oral presentation of an academic article related to the topics covered during the course. It includes a brief description of the methodology and approach used, a presentation of the context, research objectives and results, and a brief critical assessment [1/3 of the final grade].

2) A four-pages report consisting in a critical analysis, in the form of a dissertation, of a press article dealing with a social, demographic, or gender-related issue in China and/or another Asian country. “Pros and cons” arguments assessing the soundness of the press article must be built using at least two academic articles and/or book chapters dealing with the same topic [2/3 of the final grade].

Required reading

  • 1. J. Banister, D.E. Bloom, and L. Rosenberg, “Population Aging and Economic Growth in China”, PGDA Working Paper No. 53 []
  • 2. I. Attané, “The End of One Child per Family in China?” Population & Societies n°535, July 2016. []
  • 3. T. Angeloff and M. Lieber, “Equality, Did You Say? Chinese feminism after 30 years of reforms” China Perspectives, n°4, 2012.
  • 4. Banister, J. (2004). The shortage of girls in China today. Journal of Population Research 21(1): 19–45.
  • 5. Attané I. and the DefiChine research team (2018), “Being a single man in rural China”, Population & Societies, n°557. []