- Class Number 7037
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Mark Strange
- Dr Mark Strange
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
Much of the world's history has been shaped by experiences of empires. Even after the collapse of the major historic imperial powers during the second half of the twentieth century, the legacies of those empires continue to shape contemporary life. And historians and political analysts still talk in terms of - and seek to redefine - imperialism in reference to present polities.
China is central to such discourses on imperial power: it offers a particularly rich body of historical evidence for the practice of empire. This introductory course will therefore assess that evidence and survey the great drama of Chinese attempts to bring under single control and preserve the unity of its vast territories, so varied ethnically, culturally, and geographically. It will take in the full sweep of China’s imperial past: it will start in the third century BC, when the foundations of the imperial system were consolidated; it will reach into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when encounters with Western powers forced a radical reappraisal of the Chinese imperial system. Dividing this broad chronological scope into three periods - early China, medieval China, and late imperial China - it will offer a sense of larger changes and continuities over time. Within each period, it will bring into sharp focus the social, cultural, and political arenas in which Chinese empire was developed and maintained.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the major themes and issues in imperial Chinese history.
- Apply a broad theoretical knowledge of Chinese history and historiography to specific empirical examples.
- Demonstrate the critical skills necessary to locate, synthesise, and interpret information on imperial Chinese history, from a variety of sources.
- Deploy the analytic faculties necessary to produce and defend an argument, with particular relation to the key concepts and bodies of learning in imperial Chinese history.
- Show skills of communication, both through oral presentations and written assignments, that enable the explication of research findings to an audience of contemporaries
The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600
Author: Hansen, Valerie
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Notes: students should read the relevant sections of this book in parallel with the lectures. It is advisable to complete the assigned readings by the beginning of each section of the course ('Introductions', 'Early Imperial China', 'Medieval China', and 'Late Imperial China'). Specific page numbers appear in the lecture schedule.
The Elements of Style
Author: Strunk, William Jr. and White, E.B.
Edition: 3rd edn., 1979 (or later editions)
Notes: this short guide is relevant not to the content of this course but to one of its learning outcomes, the development of a good writing style. It will therefore be of general relevance, but it will be of particular use as an aid for the written assignments in this course. Students should refer to its guidelines before producing and submitting written work.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||INTRODUCTIONS||Reading: Hansen, The Open Empire, pp.28-95|
|2||Lecture - Week 1.1: Definitions|
|3||Lecture - Week 1.2: Political Foundations of Empire|
|4||EARLY IMPERIAL CHINA||Reading: Hansen, The Open Empire, pp.97-149|
|5||Lecture - Week 2.1: Belief: Establishment of Confucianism||Quiz 1|
|6||Lecture - Week 2.2: Ritual: Cosmological and ritual bases of empire|
|7||Lecture - Week 3.1: Kinship: Ancestors and the household|
|8||Lecture - Week 3.2: Foreign relations: Xiongnu|
|9||Lecture - Week 4.1: Communication: Writing||Tutorial debate|
|10||Lecture - Week 4.2: Material Culture: Tomb art||Essay question due|
|11||MEDIEVAL CHINA||Reading: Hansen, The Open Empire, pp.153-258|
|12||Lecture - Week 5.1: Belief: Religious Daoism and Buddhism||Quiz 2|
|13||Lecture - Week 5.2: Ritual: Ritual and legitimacy|
|14||Lecture - Week 6.1: Kinship: Aristocracy and the state|
|15||Lecture - Week 6.2: Foreign relations: Rhetoric and reality||Essay proposal due|
|17||Lecture - Week 7.1: Communication: Paper||Tutorial presentation|
|18||Lecture - Week 7.2: Material Culture: Impact of Buddhism|
|19||LATE IMPERIAL CHINA||Reading: Hansen, The Open Empire, pp.261-297, 335-407|
|20||Lecture - Week 8.1: Belief: Syncretism and Neo-Confucianism||Quiz 3|
|21||Lecture - Week 8.2: Ritual: Localization of ritual|
|22||Lecture - Week 9.1: Kinship: Development of a Chinese diaspora|
|23||Lecture - Week 9.2: Foreign relations: Alternative world orders and trade|
|24||Lecture - Week 10.1: Communication: Printing||Tutorial debate|
|25||Lecture - Week 10.2: Material Culture: Porcelain and global Chinese culture|
|26||Weeks 11-12: final essay||Quiz 4|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Quizzes||0 %||30/10/2022||30/10/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Source-critical essays||20 %||06/10/2022||17/10/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Tutorial presentation and debates||30 %||13/10/2022||01/12/2022||1, 3, 4, 5|
|Research essay||50 %||30/10/2022||01/12/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Course participants will sit four short quizzes at regular intervals over the semester to consolidate general factual knowledge about imperial China. They will complete these quizzes on-line, in their own time. They will have one week in which to complete each quiz. Quizzes will be based on the content of lectures and on supplementary documents supplied on the course's Wattle site. Their aim is to consolidate factual knowledge on which course participants might base the written and oral arguments required by other assessment items.
All quizzes are considered hurdle assessments: the results of quizzes will not contribute directly towards the final grade, but course participants must pass the quizzes to complete the course.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Course participants will be required to produce at least two short essays in source criticism. These essays will respond to questions on tutorial readings. Each essay should be no more than 500 words. Their aim is to develop a close critical reading of textual and visual materials, a confident handling of empirical evidence, and concise written expression. As such, they will prepare participants for the final research essay.
Six tutorial readings will be supplied during the course, two for each chronological period. The readings and their associated questions will appear on the course's Wattle site a week before the relevant tutorial. Participants will have one week to produce their source-critical essay. Participants may submit up to three essays in total, though they are limited to one for each chronological period. Only the two highest marks will contribute to the final grade.
No late submissions are accepted for this assessment item.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5
Tutorial presentation and debates
Course participants will produce one short video presentation during the course to demonstrate their ability to communicate research findings orally. The presentation should be no longer than five minutes. Topics for the presentation will be chosen with the course convenor to complement, but not directly overlap with, participants' final research essays. As part of this assessment, participants will also provide constructive feedback on two other participants' presentations. In total, this exercise will contribute to 10% of the total grade for the course.
Two formal debates, in various formats, will take place in tutorials. Again, the debates will complement the topic of each participant's research essay. The debates will encourage participants to respond in spontaneous fashion both to challenges to their own scholarship and to arguments proposed by others. All participants will be expected to contribute in an active manner, to demonstrate and develop skills of argumentation. Each debate will contribute to 10% of the total grade for the course—a total of 20%.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
All course participants will submit a final research essay. It will demonstrate the ability to produce a sustained argument in writing. It will also mark the culmination of research done over the course of the semester.
The research essay will comprise three components.
a) A research question will be due in Week 4. This will be unassessed, but it will provide the foundation for the essay proposal.
b) An essay proposal of no more than 500 words will be due in Week 6. This will contribute to 10% of the total grade for the course.
c) A final draft of no more than 2500 words will be due in Week 12. This will contribute to 40% of the total grade for the course.
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Dr Mark Strange