At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

Institutions and Governance/Economics
The Institutions and Governance/Economics major allows students to study the formal and informal rules that societies use to govern themselves at the local, national, and global levels. Students will be exposed to the deep political science, economic, sociological, historical and anthropological explorations of institutional designs in a variety of constructs, such as governments, interest groups and social movements, media, and religion, among others.

Required Courses

Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • Mathematical Foundations 1
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy
  • Political Economy of Institutions
  • Policy Making Processes
  • Global Governance
  • Modern Chinese Politics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Economics Principles
  • Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • Intermediate Microeconomics II
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Health Economics
  • Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Competitive Strategy & IO
  • Financial Institutions
  • Economic Growth
  • International Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Research
  • Emerging Markets Finance
  • History of Monetary & International Crises
  • Economic History and Modernization of the Islamic Middle East

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China