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Modern Chinese History

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course is about China’s transition from empire to nation-state, a process that began in the nineteenth century with domestic rebellions and Western imperialism besieging the beleaguered Qing state. It can be said that China is still in the process of becoming a nation-state as its intellectuals continue to debate if the modern Chinese state should be a democracy, and as Tibetans, Uighurs and other minority nationalities protest exclusion from political representation and economic development. To understand China’s on-going transition, we rely on a combination of primary and secondary literature to examine various attempts at theorizing and organizing a Chinese nation-state, the role of history in the construction of national and ethnic identity, and the interplay between individual agency and collective mobilization. The readings, lectures, and assignments are also designed to expose students to historical methods and research skills.

Course objectives

  • Identify key events, personalities, and themes in the history of modern China;

  • Describe significance of key events in the history of modern China;

  • Analyze and write evidence-based arguments.

Timetable

See timetable

Mode of instruction

Lecture

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending lectures: 24 hours

  • Assessment hours (exam): 2 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 64 hours

  • Time for completing paper, preparing classes and exams: 50 hours

Assessment method

Exam (Written examination with open questions): 90%
Short paper: 10%

The final grade consists of the weighted average of all course components. A resit for the final exam is allowed if a student scores a non-passing grade (5,49 or lower) on the first attempt.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • posting readings materials and lecture schedules;

  • class communications;

  • paper submission.

Reading list

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Additional materials posted on Blackboard.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

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Contact

Contact information

Dr. L.M. Teh