Modern China (HIST*3320) | College of Arts

Modern China (HIST*3320)

Code and section: HIST*3320*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Norman Smith


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

TTH    1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Details provided by instructor: Tuesdays 1:00-1:30 = discussion of readings, and responding to questions and other matters arising (if it is necessary or desirable to continue past 1.30, we may); There will be two lectures per week – they will be commentary over powerpoint presentations, thus they can be done at your leisure – be sure to have the material covered before Tuesday discussions. Each will be approximately one hour long.

Course Description:

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 and writing will be strengthened through three assignments.  


7.50 credits including HIST 2910

Course Requirements:

There are three grade components:

  1. Research Paper (40%)
  2. Critical Evaluation Assignment (20%)
  3. Final Exam (40%)

Required Texts:

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.