Modern Chinese History

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Chinese History

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    12 credit points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit is a survey of political and intellectual developments in China set against the first modern contacts with the West to the end of the twentieth century. Themes and subjects covered include: first contacts with the West; the Opium War and its consequences; the Taiping Rebellion; the Confucian response to the challenge of the West; constitutional reform and the collapse of imperial China; the rise of nationalism; the introduction of Communism into China; the Sino-Japanese War; the early years of the Peoples Republic of China; the Great Leap Forward; the Cultural Revolution; the death of Mao Zedong; the post-Mao period; the political and intellectual crisis of 1989; and the beginnings of the reform and opening up policies which have led to China's present power and prosperity.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.