Modern China (HIST*3320) | College of Arts

Modern China (HIST*3320)

Code and section: HIST*3320*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Norman Smith


Course Synopsis:

This course examines a selection of topics in “modern” Chinese history. We will explore, in a roughly chronological fashion, how Chinese lives intersected, and were intersected by, variables of gender, race, class, caste, community, religion, nation, and war in modern China. Course materials focus on primary documents.

Learning Objectives:

This course will incorporate primary sources as well as current and past historiography to familiarize us with issues that arise in studying modern Chinese history. By the end of this course, successful students will have increased their understanding of history (especially Chinese) and its relevance to the modern world. Skills in critical thinking, writing, and public speaking will be strengthened through in-class engagement and three assignments.  

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Research Paper (35%)
Critical Evaluation Assignment (15%)
Final Exam (35%)
Participation (15%)

Required Textbooks:

There is no required textbook. Readings will be available through Courselink and in the library.

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.