• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Galway
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This 3000-level seminar subject analyses the modern history of the People's Republic of China in the wider context of world and global history from its foundation in 1949 to its entry into the World Trade Organization at the end of the twentieth century to the rise of the China Dream and Belt and Road Initiative of recent years. The subject format is chronological, although themes and dates more or less overlap. Its aims are to encourage students to identify and explore the multiple and intricate connections that the Chinese state has forged historically and with the wider world throughout its recent history, and to help students build on their craft skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing about the past. The subject also aims to situate modern Chinese history in global and regional perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the major themes, issues, and methods in the study of the contemporary Chinese world.
  2. Appraise the ways in which different aspects of the contemporary Chinese world relate to its past.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to locate, analyse, and critique official and unofficial sources on contemporary Chinese society.
  4. Present findings of research analysis in both academic written forms and also ways that an audience of policy-makers, politicians, and the general public will find accessible.
  5. Reflect on and articulate their own viewpoint on an aspect of contemporary Chinese history, politics, and society.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying expert sources and explaining recent and current developments in modern Chinese history

Indicative Assessment

  1. Critical analytical reading response #1 (750 words) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Critical analytical reading response #2 (750 words) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. One seminar presentation with handouts/powerpoint slides submitted (15) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
  4. Research proposal (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  5. Annotated Bibliography (10) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
  6. 3,000-word research essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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A three-hour weekly seminar, with an additional eight hours of reading and research per week.

This course requires 130 hours of study, including time for self-study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Lists of prescribed and recommended primary and secondary readings, specific to the overarching theme of each year's version of the course, will be supplied by the course convenor. These will vary from year to year to fit the focus of the current Yearbook and, as a corollary, of the present thematic framework of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8164 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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