Postgraduate Course: China in Western Minds (PGHC11396)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the various ways in which ideas about China and Chinese culture have been constructed and reconstructed by Western observers from the thirteenth century to the present day. Weekly seminars are based on the critical analysis of a range of primary sources (including texts, objects, images, architecture, music and films), while the course as a whole asks students to engage with an important body of secondary scholarship on the cross-cultural encounter that has emerged since the 1970s. By the end of the course, students should be able to place the West's current fascination with China within a historical context of which Marco Polo, Lord Anson, Fu Manchu and David Bowie are all a part.
Week 1: Introduction to the Course
Week 2: Orientalism & its Discontents
Week 3: Marco Polo and Early Travellers
Week 4: Gardens and 'Chineseness'
Week 5: The Great Wall in Western Historiography
Week 6: Lord Anson and Canton
Week 7: Chinoiserie and Chinese Material Culture
Week 8: The Chinatown
Week 9: China in Popular Culture
Week 10: Case Study: Fu Manchu
Week 11: Today's China in Western Minds
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 3,000-word research essay (90%)
1 x oral presentation (10%)
|No Exam Information
| On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate detailed knowledge of key moments and themes in the West's depiction of China from the thirteenth century to the present day;
- analyse and contextualise a range of primary source materials;
- independently identify research questions relevant to the course;
- independently conduct research into a selected topic within the scope of the course;
- demonstrate understanding of relevant secondary scholarship on cross-cultural encounters and the applicability or otherwise of certain theoretical approaches to selected topics;
- present a logical, coherent, articulate and appropriately-referenced written argument on a selected topic within the scope of the course, based on an analysis of primary source(s);
- present a logical, coherent and articulate oral argument on a selected topic within the scope of the course, based on an analysis of primary source(s);
- reflect intelligently on current media depictions of China, and place such depictions in an appropriate historical context;
|Primary sources discussed in this course include the following:|
Marco Polo, Description of the World (c. 1298).
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (c. 1356).
John Bell, A Journey from St Petersburg to Pekin, 1719-1722 (1763).
Richard Walter comp., Anson's Voyage Round the World (1748).
A. B. Freeman-Mitford, The Attache at Peking (1900).
Sax Rohmer, The Mystery of Dr Fu-Manchu (1913).
Edgar Snow, People on our Side (1944).
Roman Polanski dir., Chinatown (1974).
Mike Hodges dir., Flash Gordon (1980).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to read critically and analyse a range of source materials;
Ability to relate contemporary developments to those of the past;
Ability to conduct independent research;
Ability to manage a project to completion within a set deadline;
Ability to present coherent and articulate arguments in written and oral form.
|Keywords||China Western Minds
|Course organiser||Dr Stephen Mcdowall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3754
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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