Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989

Module code: HS2353

The formation of a nation is often a very complex and tumultuous journey, and China is no different. This module begins with the decline of the Qing Empire and the impact of foreign encroachment, before going on to explore the development of the Chinese State and modern society in the first decades of the 20th century.

You’ll then move on to consider the impact of war and revolution on Chinese history, drawing connections with global events, the Maoist era, the Cultural Revolution and the impact of Communism on everyday life.

You’ll also be considering the reform period in the 1980s and asking how recent history has influenced Chinese perceptions of themselves and the world around them, to become the country we know today.

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 5 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 115 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 3,000 words (75%)
  • Exam, 60 minutes (25%)