China in Transformation 1900-49 - 2016

Unit summary

PAC13

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

In this unit, you will survey China's socio-political history from 1900 to 1949, with attention also on the decades preceding 1900. The unit will focus on the various aspects of change and modernisation in China, in the first half of the twentieth century. Special reference will be made to the recurrent themes in Chinese history, the problems facing successive Chinese governments and the limits to China's efforts in trying to solve these problems before 1949. This unit can be studied at Level 1 (PAC13) or Level 2 (PAC23); however, this unit can only be used once toward a degree.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the scale of political transformation in China in the period   
  2. write a coherent essay and argue a case revolving around the major issues concerned with China in the first half of the twentieth century.

This unit aims to:

  1. describe and analyse China's socio-political history from 1900 to 1949, with some attention also given to the half century leading up to 1900
  2. study various aspects of change and modernisation in China in the first half of the twentieth century with special reference to the recurrent themes in China's history, the problems facing successive Chinese governments and the limits to China's efforts to solve these problems before 1949.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there are no set prerequisites for this unit, students will as a minimum need to have developed the basic skills required to write academic essays at university level.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1The Taiping uprising & development of China in the 19th Century
2The Boxer uprising
3Sun Yat-sen and the Tongmenghui: The Revolution of 1911
4Rise of warlordism: May 4th Movement
5Nationalist Movement and the Northern Expedition
6The Nanjing decade (1927-37)
7Rise of the Chinese Communist Party
8War of resistance against Japan (1937-45)
9Civil War of 1946-49
10China's foreign relations, 1911-49
11Social change in China: family, women & religion
12Education and the student movement

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • China In Transformation: 1900-1949

    By:Mackerras

    ISBN: 9781405840583

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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