3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020267GER for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Decaan ES (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
15 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

Firstly, this course will explain the process of China's entry to the WTO, including the policy reforms associated with accession, and China’s commitment in WTO.

Secondly, the course will focus on the impact the accession has on China’ economy, including the impact on the industrial structure, agriculture and rural poverty, employment, macroeconomic control and so on.

Finally the course also deals with some aspects of the role of China in WTO, including the role in the multilateral trade system and pushing the Doha Round.

Course material
Handbook (Required) : China and the WTO: accession, policy reform, and poverty reduction strategies., Accession, Policy Reform, and Poverty Reduction Strategies, Deepak Bhattasali, Shantong Li, and Will Martin, Washington, DC: World Bank, [Oxford]: Oxford University Press, c2004, 9780821356678, 2004
Additional info

Complementary study material

A list of recommended readings will be offered by the lecturer.

Audiovisual material will be available.

(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Learning Outcomes

General competences

The aim of this course is to make the student familiar with the relationship between China and WTO, and the role of China in WTO. More specific, the learning objectives are:

  • Become aware of the history of China’s accession to WTO.
  • Gain insight in the underlying impact of accession to WTO on China.
  • Gain insight in the role of China in WTO and global multilateral trade system.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject