China from the Opium Wars

Course code HIST2133
Not available in 2015

Description

Covers the history of China from the decline of the Qing Empire in the nineteenth century. It aims to familiarise students with the turbulent development of the modern Chinese nation, and to encourage them to explore patterns of government, socio-cultural issues, revolutionary processes and popular movements in Imperial, pre-Revolutionary and post-1949 China.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Display understanding of the major aspects of the history of modern China;

2. Display the ability to reflectively consider the developments of China's history and relate this historical knowledge to issues affecting modern China;

3. Show both awareness of the contested nature of historical representation and the ability to engage in historical debates;

4. Display the ability to read critically, broadly and independently

5. Express clear, informed arguments, either orally or in writing, on various aspects of Chinese history in a discussion group.

6. Demonstrate advanced research and writing skills

Content

Topics are likely to include:

  • The Qing Empire and its decline
  • Attempts at reform, such as the Self-Strengthening movement
  • The 1911 Revolution,
  • The failure of the Republic,
  • The warlord period,
  • The Nanking government
  • The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945
  • The 1949 birth of the People's Republic of China
  • The Republic's agrarian and social reforms,
  • The Great Leap Forward
  • The Cultural Revolution,
  • The reforms that followed the death of Mao Zedong
  • The Tiananmen Square incident of 1989 and its aftermath

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3133. Students who have successfully completed HIST3133 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2133.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent, e.g., Politics

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

In Term Test: Formal exam or class test

Participation: Class participation

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term