Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

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

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will 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


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


This course replaces HIST3133. If you have successfully completed HIST3133 you cannot enrol in this course.

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