China: The Long Twentieth Century
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 August 2019
Requisites for this module
This module adopts multi-disciplinary perspectives to examine significant and complex issues in China's modern history. It serves as a gateway course to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to China and Chinese history.
Topics include the multiple meanings attached to the symbolic sites of: Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Global China Towns, the Bund, The Yellow River, Chinese Gardens, Parades, and the Three Gorges Dam.
We examine both fictional (including audiovisual) and scholarly materials that deal with the historical, political, social, and artistic aspects of these sites and phenomenon in order to understand modern China at its politico-cultural core, in its relations with the outside world, its symbolic function in the new global order as well as its path to modernization.
This is a level 5 module for students with little background of Chinese History. The purpose of this module is to give students a good grounding in interpreting the key symbolic sites of China in a global context. It provides students with the analytical tools for thinking more deeply about the way such sites are infused with diverse, competing and evolving political and cultural meanings.
At the successful completion of this module students will have developed a deeper understanding of modern China; have sharpened their analytical abilities; and have diversified their skills in ways of reading texts, locations and images.
General Reading List:
Samuel S. Kim and Lowell Dittmer (1993), 'Wither China's Quest for National Identity?', in Dittmer & Kim, China's Quest for National Identity, pp. 268-289.
Benedict Anderson (2006) Imagine Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, pp. 163- 206.
Louie, Kam (2008) 'Defining Modern Chinese Culture,” in Kam Louie (ed.) Modern Chinese Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Waldron, Arthur (1990) “The Wall Acquires New Meanings.” in The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 194-226.
Spence, Jonathan, The Search For Modern China (2013, Third Edition).
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Short writing exercise (1000 words)
||Essay (3000 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Xun Zhou
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313
Dr Rachel Rich
Leeds Beckett University
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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