Chinese Education and Society

Autumn 2021

Application period:  August 23 – September 14, 2021.

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Amount of credits: 3 cr + 2 cr

Time: October 4 – December 7, 2021

Organizer: Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University / University Network for Asian Studies

Instructor: University lecturer Yuzhuo Cai

Goals: The aim of course is to provide students understandings on Chinese education and education reforms in the context of Chinese historical traditions and contemporary societal transformation. The course targets both people who are interested in studying Chinese education and society, and those who are (potentially) engaged in education-related cooperation with Chinese institutions.

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • know the characteristic of Chinese education
  • be aware of the relations between Chinese education and Chinese society
  • to comprehend the on-going reforms in Chinese education and its role in the societal transformation,
  • understand Chinese education from an internationally comparative perspective
  • to be able to analyse issues and phenomena in Chinese education from both societal and international perspectives


  • Introduction to Chinese education
  • Chinese education reform and its societal changes
  • The role of education in socio-economic transformation in China
  • Understanding the social and cultural foundations of Chinese education through the mirror of Finnish education
  • Analysis of issues and phenomena in Chinese education

Taken as:

The course combines various online teaching methods such as web-based lectures, reading materials, assignments, and writing tasks.

The course module consists of the obligatory 3 ECTS lecture course  and the optional 2 ECTS essay.

Students have two options to take this course:

1) The whole module with 5 ECTS, or

2) Lecture course with 3 ECTS.

Application process:

Students who hold a valid study right at University Network’s member university can take this course for free. This includes both degree students and exchange students.

Other students can apply to the course as external self-paying students of the University of Turku.

This course has a maximum intake of 40 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities of the Network.

Go to application instructions by clicking here.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a  message about the decision. This will come a few weeks after the application period has ended. If you are accepted to the course, you will receive a welcoming email on the first day of the course, and gain access to the course site in the Moodle. The welcome email comes to the address you have given in the application form. It may go to the spam or offers-folder of your email (at least gmail tends to do it), so check those folders too.

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