Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a comprehensive perspective of Chinese law, business and culture by first-hand access to seminars, visits and field work in Chinese major cities. The unit helps students to (1) learn how Australian companies and law firms are operating in China; (2) understand the size, nature, trend, opportunity and risk of the Chinese economy; (3) engage Chinese and Australian stakeholders working or residing in China; and (4) reflect critically and independently knowledge learned in other units and apply it at a first-hand and practical level.

6 points

Students are able to (1) gain an integrated understanding of the operation of business law in a genuine Chinese environment; (2) observe and develop cultural awareness and risk awareness in advising both Chinese companies and non-Chinese companies; (3) show an understanding of the details of China's legal reforms, their real applications and challenges; (4) conduct independent research and group work demonstrating a high level of theoretical and advanced integrated knowledge; (5) develop unique practical skills in interacting with China and engaging Chinese clients; (6) enhance their ability to work in a group and conduct independent research; and (7) organise and structure time and resources in the efficient pursuit of academic excellence and skill building.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) reflective essay; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ken Shao
Unit rules
For JD Students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering LAWS4102 Criminal Law LAWS4103 Contract LAWS4104 Property LAWS4106 Torts LAWS4107 Land Law LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics For all students: Mental Health training considered sufficient by the Law School
Approved quota: 30—places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Cultural Activities (estimated cost - @500)
(2) International Field Trip (estimated cost - @$2,800).
Contact hours
This unit will next run in 2022
This unit is available in alternating years. Length of tour subject to change dependent on numbers. Exact dates of tour will be advised and applications will be called for mid-year.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.