|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||6 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written essay 1 (2,500 words)||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Written essay 2 (2,500 words)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written essay 1 (2,500 words)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written essay 2 (2,500 words)||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of a body of historical knowledge relating to China between 1800 and the early twenty-first century.
2. Identify the different factors that facilitated major historical changes, and critically assess their roles in shaping China today.
3. Systematically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of key historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
4. Critically engage with current approaches to non-Western histories, including frameworks that challenge Eurocentric perspectives in the context of post-colonial studies.
5. Read, analyze and reflect on a variety of (translated) primary and secondary sources relating to modern China.
This module introduces students to the history of modern China over the past two centuries, when China underwent major reforms and revolutions, fought numerous wars, and experienced tremendous political, social, and economic transformations. By following historical developments between 1800 and the early twenty-first century in three periods: the late Qing dynasty (up to 1911), the Republican era (1912-1949), and the Communist era (since 1949), the module investigates main themes include China’s responses to Western challenge and Japanese aggression, Nationalist and Communist revolutions and conflicts, Mao’s ideological campaigns in the post-colonial world, and China’s recent economic reforms and political restrictions. To supplement the linear narrative in lectures, primary sources will be analyzed in seminars to illustrate the complexities of the society and its people. In addition, students will have opportunities to review on-going debates on and current approaches to non-Western histories.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will be introduced to data in the form of tables and figures and a range of quantitative data, which will require some degree of interpretation and understanding.|
|Communication||Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.|
|Information Technology||Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.|
|Problem solving||Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.|
|Research skills||Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will develop knowledge of the historical trajectory of a key subject in modern history and contemporary society (cross-border human migration). Students will also develop ability to identify and assess primary sources, and apply comparative approaches.|
|Team work||Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6