- Class Number 3522
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Shuge Wei
- Dr Shuge Wei
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
- Dr Shuge Wei
This module introduces the history of China from 1800 to the present day. This period marked some of the greatest triumphs and tragedies of China's long history: from the glories of the Qing empire to the degradation of famine, internal dissent and foreign occupation. The course pays close attention to the People's Republic of China, which began as a vast socialist experiment, and later emerged as one of the great capitalist powers. It closes by asking how China's historical experience might help us to understand the challenges facing the country today.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the important events and themes of China's modern history.
- Critically summarise and examine scholarly perspectives on China's modern history and society.
- Critically examine primary sources relating to China's modern history and society.
- Demonstrate and explain ways to advance scholarly understanding of China's modern history and society.
- Examine and explain the effect of China's history on its self perception.
- Solve a variety of skill-based research tasks individually and in groups.
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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Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Lecture 1, Introduction and Background||Course administration Historiography and some old debates Brief history of China to the early ninetieth century|
|2||Week 2: Lecture 2, Qing China: Cracks in the Porcelain||Qing Dynasty administration Signs of decline in early nineteenth century Ethnic tensions and border insecurity|
|3||Week 3: Lecture 3, Opium Wars and Taiping Rebellion||Early contact with the West Trade and diplomacy Political and military significance of Opium Wars|
|4||Week 4: Lecture 4, Qing China: Self-Strenthening||Self-Strengthening movements Reform of 1898|
|5||Week 5: Lecture 5, Demise of Qing and the establishment of the Republic of China||Boxer Uprising Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and Sun Yat-sen Yuan Shikai and the failure of Republicanism|
|6||Week 6: Midterm--in class|
|7||Week 7: Lecture 6, The rule of the party and the calls for cultural reform||Kuomintang/Guomindang and the Chinese Communist Party May 4th Movement|
|8||Week 8: Sino-Japanese War and Nationalism||Propaganda during the Sino-Japanese crisis Wartime diplomacy The rise of Chinese Nationalism|
|9||Week 9: Lecture 8, Secret societies and war||Green Gang in Shanghai Civil War between CCP and KMT (GMD)|
|10||Week 10: Lecture 9, People's Republic of China: founding and early policies||Early 1950 and Korean War Policies and mass movements The Great Leap Forward|
|11||Week 11: Ascendance of Maoism||Red versus Expert debates Cultural Revolution|
|12||Week 12: Lecture 11, Changes since the 1980s and review of the course||Death of Mao and the rise of Deng The democracy movement and economic change General review of the course|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Class participation (lecture and tutorial)||5 %||28/05/2023||26/06/2023||1,2,3,4,5,6,|
|Book review 1||15 %||22/03/2023||20/04/2023||1,2,4|
|Research essay||40 %||31/05/2023||26/06/2023||1,2,3,4,5|
|Book Review 2||15 %||09/05/2023||26/05/2023||1,2,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,
Class participation (lecture and tutorial)
Develop the ability to engage in discussion and think critically.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Written in-class exam: 60 minutes, key questions include matching events and personnel, multiple choices, explaining terms, essay questions.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Book review 1
· Students could either choose a book from the book review list, or select a book related to the course for a review. A self-selected book should be approved by the lecturer to make sure the book meets the academic standard of the course.
· A good book review concisely summaries the content of the book and critically assesses its content. Students are also welcome to share their own opinions whether the book should be appreciated by the potential audience.
· Maximum 1000 words.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
· The primary task is to choose a political event, or a policy in history, analyse the cause and implications of it and appraise the solution provided by various parties involved. Students are encouraged to discuss with the lecturer about their research topics in advance.
· Maximum of 4000 words. Bibliography is optional and is not included in the word limit. Use a standard 12-point font such as Times.
· Include at least ten references with at least two primary sources.
· Start early.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Book Review 2
· Students could either choose a book from the book review list, or select a book related to the course for a review. A self-selected book should be approved by the lecturer to make sure the book meet the academic standard of the course.
· A good book review concisely summaries the content of the book and provides critical assessment of its content. Students are also welcome to share their own opinions whether the book should be appreciated by the potential audience.
· Maximum 1000 words.
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Shuge Wei, Sino-Japanese War, Treaty-port press, China's propaganda system
Dr Shuge Wei
Dr Shuge Wei