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  • Global Expertise

    We bring you carefully curated insights from diverse academic backgrounds and nationalities. The Capsule features experts from India, China, the US, and the UK.

  • Value for Time

    The Capsule requires only 3-4 hours a week – and within each week, you set the pace. Our unique format is designed for adult learners with busy schedules.

  • Diverse Cohort

    Be part of an exclusive cohort of 100 people from diverse backgrounds. Interact with and learn from high-performers across sectors, and form connections with like-minded learners.

Our Globally Renowned Faculty

Ambassador Shivshankar Menon

Ambassador Menon is the former National Security Advisor of India, as well as the former Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Dr. Rana Mitter

Dr. Mitter is the Director of the Oxford University China Centre. He is also Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University.

Dr. Yang Yao

Dr. Yao is the Dean of National School of Development, Peking University. He is also a Professor at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) and the National School of Development (NSD), Peking University.

Dr. David Dollar

Dr. Dollar is a Senior Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution.

Dr. Eileen Chow

Dr. Chow is the Co-Director of the Story Lab at Duke University. She is also the Director of the Shewo Institute of Chinese Journalism, Taiwan.

Mr. Arthur Kroeber

Mr. Kroeber is Founding Partner and Head of Research at Gavekal Dragonomics, one of the world's leading independent providers of global investment research.

Dr. Mark Frazier

Dr. Frazier is the Co-Director of the India China Institute at The New School, as well as Professor of Politics at the The New School.

Dr. Chris Alden

Dr. Alden is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is also Director at LSE IDEAS, a foreign policy think-tank.

Program Details

Understanding Contemporary China

The 21st century is widely expected to be the “Asian century”. Asian economies will soon collectively overtake those of the western world in size and scale, and India and China will be key driving forces of this transformation.

However, China stands apart from the rest of Asia in its economic and political structures. As the world decodes China’s rise and the widely-cited “China Model”, we delve deeper into the seemingly conflicting impulses that seem fundamental to the country and answer questions such as:

  • What does China’s growth mean for India and South East Asia?
  • Can China continue to be indispensable to global supply chains?
  • What is the future of India-China relations?
  • Can China's state machinery respond effectively to the growing challenges faced by every country – those of healthcare, the environment, and continued economic growth?

A Unique, Hybrid Format

Each week consists of 1 hour of recorded lectures, 1 hour of live discussion, and a few selected readings.

  • Recorded Micro-Modules

    To allow you to structure your time as you want, the recorded material is broken into bite-sized micro-modules you can refer to with ease.

  • Live Discussions

    Every week, interact with some of the most prominent China experts in the world. Ask them questions, and let them guide your developing perspective as you engage with the wider cohort.

  • Dynamic Engagement

    Read a curated list of context-setting articles, chapters, and essays. Discuss your point of view with your fellow learners. Ask our Teaching Fellows for support when you need it.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome + Program Information

    • Program Information

    • Program Calendar

    • Welcome to the China Capsule 101

  • 2

    [WEEK 1] China's Contemporary History: Old and New Influences and China's Idea of Itself

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Reading #1: The World China Wants

    • Reading #2: China – A look ahead to 2021 and beyond

    • Reading #3: China and the Global Order

    • Reading #4: Celebrating China's model?

    • VIDEO1: Introduction

    • VIDEO2: Economic Wins and a Century of Humiliation

    • VIDEO3: Traditional and Radical Thinking

    • VIDEO4: Authoritarian Regime, Consumer Wonderland

    • VIDEO5: Global Ambition, Regional Institutions, Local Technology

    • VIDEO6: China, Amplified – What Changed in 2020?

    • Feedback

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz.

  • 3

    [WEEK 2] Charting China's Development Trajectory: Reforming, Adapting, and Evolving

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: Quick overview of China to date, and the vision for China 2049.

    • Essential Reading 2: China's Growth Miracle (a long reading, so if you have limited time, please read Sections 2, 3, 4, 5)

    • Essential Reading 3: The Chinese 'Selectocracy'

    • Recommended Reading 1: China's Response to the 2008 Global Crisis

    • Recommended Reading 2: Manufacturing as Growth Engine

    • VIDEO1: Mao's Planned Economy – a Solid Foundation?

    • VIDEO2(A): The 4 Reforms That Changed China's Course

    • VIDEO2(B): Post-Reform Optimal Conditions, Meteoric Rise

    • VIDEO3(A): Condensed Growth Rocks the Boat

    • VIDEO3(B): Readjustment and Restoring Balance

    • VIDEO4(A): The Demographic Challenge – False Alarm?

    • VIDEO4(B): Pensions, Trade Wars, and the Real Challenges on the Road to 2049

    • Feedback

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

    • Couldn't get to the readings? No problem.

    • Executive Summary: Essential Reading 1

    • Executive Summary: Essential Reading 2

    • Executive Summary: Essential Reading 3

  • 4

    [WEEK 3] The Party and the People: The CCP, Governance, and Domestic Policy Today

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: Embracing Uncertainty: Guerrilla Policy Style and Adaptive Governance in China

    • Essential Reading 2: In Beijing

    • Recommended Reading 1: Bureaucrat-Assisted Contention in China

    • Recommended Reading 2: Legitimacy in the Aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

    • Recommended Reading 3: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Important note about the videos:

    • VIDEO1: Introduction

    • VIDEO2 [OPTIONAL]: Imperial Legacies in Today's Governance

    • VIDEO3(A): Revolutionary Heritage, Guerrilla Inheritance

    • VIDEO3(B): Mao, Grassroots Governance, and the Engaged Bureaucrat

    • VIDEO4: Which Boss is Reporting Manager? Local branches, Local Crises

    • VIDEO5 [OPTIONAL]: A Timeline of China's COVID Response

    • VIDEO6(A): CCP Power – Red Phones, Watchful Eyes

    • VIDEO6(B): Homegrown Revolutions, Corruption Crackdowns, and No Mao 2.0

    • VIDEO7(A): Rural Unrest, a Responsive CCP, and... Elections?

    • VIDEO7(B): Urban-Rural Friction and the Struggling Migrant

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

    • Feedback [Week 3]

  • 5

    [WEEK 4] Can Nothing Shock China's Economy? Manufacturing, Global Supply Chains, and Resilience in the 21st Century

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: China's Response to Trump's Trade War

    • Essential Reading 2: China's Migrant Workers Need Help

    • Recommended Reading 1: A Timeline of US-China Relations

    • Recommended Reading 2: The WTO's China Challenge

    • VIDEO1: China Wants an Invite to the Club

    • VIDEO2: Building the Scaffolding for Growth + Investment

    • VIDEO3: The Migrant Labor Dilemma

    • VIDEO4: Export Hard, Export Smart, Fix the Yuan

    • VIDEO5: Small (and Medium) Enterprises Aren't Small Fry

    • VIDEO6: Speed Bumps and Navigating East

    • Feedback [Week 4]

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

  • 6

    [WEEK 5] Can the State's Role Sustain? SOEs, Domestic Gambles, International Impact

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: BRI – Popular Perceptions, Strategic Implications

    • Essential Reading 2: Tracking 'Made in China 2025', from Inception to Today

    • Recommended Reading 1: The State (Owned Sector) Never Retreats

    • Recommended Reading 2: The World's Biggest Building and China's Fate

    • VIDEO1: SOEs – Swiss Army Knives?

    • VIDEO2: Investment Overload and Environmental Sacrifices

    • VIDEO3: International Band-Aids and BRI Backlash

    • VIDEO4: 'Made in China', Domestic Demand, and Shadow Banks

    • VIDEO5: Even China Can't Escape Global Supply Chains

    • VIDEO6: China Has Time, But Does it Have the Will?

    • Feedback [Week 5]

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

  • 7

    [WEEK 6] China in Asia: Engine, Neighbor, Specter

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: Will China Lead Asia?

    • Essential Reading 2: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping

    • Recommended Reading 1: India, China and the World

    • VIDEO1: Can China Regain Its Lost Primacy Without Asia?

    • VIDEO2: Powerful Neighbors and Trade Reliance

    • VIDEO3: A Contained China and Its Maritime Disputes

    • VIDEO4: China's Tools of Contention – Are They Working?

    • VIDEO5: Does China's Economic Influence = Political Reach?

    • VIDEO6: China's Next Moves, Superpower Strife, and Asia's Future

    • Feedback [Week 6]

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

  • 8

    [WEEK 7] China in the World: Financial and Multilateral Diplomacy

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading 1: China's Investment Role in Africa

    • Recommended Reading 1: China's Approach to UN Peacekeeping

    • Recommended Reading 2: China's Regional Forum Diplomacy

    • VIDEO1: Sinocentric Multilateralism

    • VIDEO2: China's Multilateral Peacekeeping and Development Finance approach

    • VIDEO3: China's role in Africa and Latin America - Strategy, Policies and Challenges

    • VIDEO4: Case Study 1 - China's role in Africa

    • VIDEO5: Case Study 2 - China's role in Latin America

    • Check your progress with a brief MCQ quiz

    • Feedback [Week 7]

  • 9

    [WEEK 8] Netizen, Citizen, Corporation: The World’s Most Vibrant Yet Censored Online Landscape

    • A brief overview of this week:

    • Essential Reading: Batman, Pandaman and the Blind Man.pdf

    • Recommended Reading: Disrupting the Chinese State

    • VIDEO1: Factors that have formed China's online environment

    • VIDEO2: The Political Dimension

    • VIDEO3: The Economic Dimension

    • VIDEO4: The Socio-Cultural Dimension

    • VIDEO5: Conclusion

    • Short Essay Submission

  • 10

    Get Your Certificate!

    • How to access your Certificate of Completion:

Pricing and Launch Details

The China Capsule launches on 15 February 2021. Enrollment is limited to only 100 applicants, and applications close on 7 February 2021.

In these difficult times, we're offering the Capsule at discounted prices. Originally priced at INR 8,999, this program can be availed at only INR 3,999.

For more information, please contact Tanya Rohatgi (Program Lead).