Modern Chinese History (CHSC6907)


This unit provides an examination of China's political and social history from the end of the Qing Dynasty up until 1978. Focusing on both national and more localised experiences in the search for modernisation, this unit will critically examine imperial collapse, the Republican revolution, the Sino-Japanese Wars, the conflict between Nationalists and Communists that resulted in the establishment of the People's Republic, and finally the Maoist era to the introduction of economic reform in 1978.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


1x1000wd Short Essay (15%), 1x1500wd Individual presentation (25%), 1x2500wd Research paper (50%), Seminar participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

CHSC6901 and CHSC6902

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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