China from the Opium Wars

Course code HIST2133Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students should be able to:
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
ContentTopics 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)HIST3133 and HIST3120
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HIST3133 or HIST3120 are not eligable to enrol.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent, e.g., Politics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassFormal exam or class test, as specified in the course guide, 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper: 1,000 words - 20%

Major essay: 2,000 words - 40%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation, including tutorial presentation, demonstrating reading and preparation: 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term