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Unit information: Internationalising Modern China 1850s - 1950 (Level H Special Subject) in 2021/22

Unit name Internationalising Modern China 1850s - 1950 (Level H Special Subject)
Unit code HIST37016
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lopes
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit explores the city that lay at the heart of China's interaction with foreign power after 1843, examining the history of Shanghai down to 1949. Tens of thousands of foreign nationals lived amongst the ever-growing Chinese population of this important city, a site in which ordinary people and the state to renegotiate China’s relationship with the world beyond its domains. The overall aim in studying the city’s history is to help us understand key issues in China's modern history, and its place in a relentlessly globalising world. The unit allows for a study of such issues as international diplomacy, technology transfer, the circulation of knowledge, imperialism and nationalism, as well as the experiences and views of individuals. The resources relating to this unit are rich and easily accessible, including memoirs, private and official archives, Customs and other publications, newspapers, travel accounts, trade, medical, and educational reports, and visual documents.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have:

  • Developed an in depth understanding of the internationalisation of modern China
  • Become more experienced and competent in working with an increasingly specialist range of primary sources
  • Become more adept at contributing to and learning from a small-group environment
  • Acquired a firm knowledge of key issues in the history of modern Chinas foreign relations
  • Developed an advanced understanding of the literature generated by and about the Chinese Maritime Customs.

Teaching details

Seminars - 3 hours per week

Assessment Details

1 x 3500 word essay (50%) and 1 x 2 hour exam (50%)

Resources

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