Beyond The Great Wall: China's Frontiers (HSTY2642)


The relationship between China and neighbouring peoples such as the Mongols and Tibetans is one of the great themes in Chinese history. This unit explores Chinese ideas about the "barbarian", the relationship between nomadic and sedentary societies, and the influence of trade and migration on culture and religion in China. The unit will look at non-Chinese dynasties such as the Mongol Yuan and the Manchu Qing, and examine the place of the "ethnic minorities" in China's modern transformations.

Further unit of study information


2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x250wd quiz (5%), 1x250wd Essay bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Essay outline (5%), 1x2250wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points of History) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.