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Module Code: CCS401
Module Title: China's History
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
The aim of this module is to give students a deeper understanding of Chinese history from its early stages to 1911 and make them aware of the main scholarly debates about Chinese history. The module will be an opportunity to discuss the major social, political and economic changes that over the centuries influenced China’s development and its relation with the outside world, placing these changes in the broader framework of world history.
Learning outcomes 
A Understand and evaluate the key events and features of Chinese history from its early stages to 1911

B Apply a body of theory to evaluate the major social, political and economic changes that influenced China’s development over the centuries

C Apply a body of theory to analyse the relationship between the Chinese and the outside world

D Synthetise the Chinese experience in the broader framework of world history

E Create a map of the key academic sources on Chinese history

F Synthetise the main scholarly debates about Chinese history

Method of teaching and learning 
In the seminars students will able to have an in-depth discussion of weekly topics, and also to present their analysis of a specific topic from the syllabus. The essay plan and the essay will hone students’ analytical and writing abilities.
Syllabus 

The syllabus will typically include:


1. China on the eve of the historical period: archaeological evidence versus traditional historiography

2. Rituals, writing and the rise of early elites

3. Legitimacy and the Mandate of Heaven in the age of Confucius

4. The rule of law and the rise of Qin: from State to Empire

5. China looks West: Han dynasty and the Silk Road

6. Foreign dominance in the north and the “colonisation” of the south during the years of division

7. Imperial examination system and the rise of the literati

8. Empress Wu Zetian

9. The transformation of the Chinese world under the Song

10. Chinese society under the Mongols

11. Openness under the Ming: from Zheng He to Matteo Ricci

12. The glorious reign of Emperor Qianlong

13. Opium wars


Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   28        122  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 20.00
2 Essay Plan 20.00
3 Final Essay 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/6/2020 9:03:46 PM