GEOG 128
Geography of International Affairs



In this lesson, you will get an overview of China’s economic development path and transformation over the past four decades.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • describe the main characteristics of a centrally planned economy, the guaranteed social provisions by the state, and the various social, political and economic campaigns under Chairman Mao;
  • describe the ways that Deng Xiaoping changed the course of the PRC through ‘opening and reforms’;
  • discuss China’s establishment of Special Economic Zones for economic development; and
  • discuss China’s economic engagement in Africa.

Required Readings and Assignments

Please see your Canvas course space for a complete listing of this lesson's required readings, assignments, and due dates.


If you have any general course questions, please post them to our Course Questions Discussion located in the General Information Module in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum regularly to respond as appropriate. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses and comments if you are able to help out a classmate.