Undergraduate Course: Modern East Asian History B (ASST08043)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is a survey of modern Chinese history focussing on the key people, ideas and events which helped shape the country's politics, society and culture into what it is today.
China is undoubtedly an increasingly significant actor in international politics and the global economy. As such, this course explores China's engagement with modernity, by providing a political, social and cultural history of China from 1600 to the present day and placing it in the general context of East Asia. The course is divided into three main sections:
1. The decline of the Imperial system and the emergence of Republican China,
2. The Mao era, and
3. The Reform era.
Throughout these three sections, the course will introduce some of the most important characteristics of Chinese politics, society and intellectual life, including literature and other art forms. With this in mind, this course will appeal to intending Chinese honours students as well as outside students.
Besides introducing the most relevant academic literature on China, this course utilises some (translated) primary sources in the form of literature, film, and political writings. These serve as the basis for critical analysis and discussion and furthering understanding of not just of China's past but also of contemporary China in its historical context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 essay (2000-2500 words): 50%
2-hour class exam (April/May): 50%
||This course provides feedback in several forms:
Written feedback will be provided for a Formative feedback assessment which will be submitted in Week 5 and the essay which will be submitted in the second half of the semester. Written feedback will be provided within fifteen days of submission of an assignment.
General feedback on understanding of key events, concepts and approaches will be provided by tutors in the weekly tutorials.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically assess China's engagement with modernity.
- Utilise a range of academic literature and primary sources for analysing China's history, society and culture.
- Demonstrate an understanding of key events and ideas in China's history.
- Undertake autonomous research and effectively communicate arguments in written form.
- Research and prepare arguments for discussion and debate in a group setting.
|Essential reading: |
Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. 3rd ed. London: Norton, 2013. [ISBN: 0393934519]
Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, Anne Walthall and James B. Palais. East Asia: A Cultural, Social and Political History. Boston, MA: Houghton and Mifflin, 2009.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Argument and debate, group discussion, academic essay writing, critical thinking, information technology.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 x lectures per week
1 x tutorial per week (out of four)
|Keywords||AS MEAH B,China,history,modernity,Communism,Reform era,literature,politics,Republican China
|Course organiser||Dr Mark McLeister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4232
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528