General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW2009
Course name: Introduction to Chinese Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

A general overview of the legal system and the basic principles of law in force in Mainland China today. Topics to be covered include constitutional law; sources of law; the law-making institutions and processes; the courts, procuratorates and legal profession; basic principles of civil and criminal procedure and administrative litigation; basic principles of civil, commercial, administrative and criminal law; and the impact of globalization on Chinese legal developments.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor Ying Xia yingxia@hku.hk CCT 505 By email
Course convenor / tutor Isabella Liu bellalwt@hku.hk CCT 514 By email
Course tutor Taorui Guan trguan@hku.hk CCT 701 By email
Course tutor Jerry Tam jerrytam@connect.hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the legislative structure, major sources of laws and hierarchy of different legal norms in China, distinguish legislative interpretations and judicial interpretations in China.

CLO 2 Understand the basic principles of PRC constitutional law and the development of constitutional law.

CLO 3 Understand the basic features of China administrative law and evaluate the major means to resolve disputes between citizens or other private entities and administrative authorities in China.

CLO 4 Understand the basic features of the judicial system in China, and the structure, operation, and supervision of people courts, as well as judges qualifications in China.

CLO 5 Understand the basic features of China criminal law and criminal procedure law.

CLO 6 Understand the major means of civil dispute resolution in China.

CLO 7 Know about the criteria in classifying civil, commercial and economic laws in China and their relative distinctions; and evaluate major civil and commercial laws in the context of China economic reform and deepening marketization.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Tutorial participation TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Essay 28 Nov 2022 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final exam 11 Dec 2022 45% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial: 1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/