"China's Century of Conflict, 1839-1949" POLITIC5088

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This module is designed to provide an overview of Chinese political history from the beginning of the Opium War in 1839 to the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.

Timetable

2 hours per week over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Students will complete a literature review of 1500-2000 words (worth 30%), a 20-minute presentation (10%) with submitted notes, and a final essay of 3500 words (60%). Topics for all assignments will be set by the course convenor or jointly agreed with her/him. The literature review is completed prior to writing the essay to ensure that students are familiar with the relevant literature, and to give them experience of critical evaluation as part of the process of academic research.

Course Aims

This module aims to provide an overview of Chinese political history from the beginning of the Opium War in 1839 to the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

* recall key events in China's political history in the century after 1839

* identify the relationship of these events to broader concepts such as imperialism or to key debates, such as, for example, the importance of ideas or material conditions in shaping history

* assemble, organize and synthesize a body of historical evidence to support an argument

* evaluate the significance of this argument in the context of broader debates

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.