China in the World, 1500-1840 (HIH2185A)
|Staff||Dr Hao Gao - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
The aim of this module is to introduce China’s dynamic engagement with the wider world in the early processes of global interconnectedness. It will help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, and in reporting on your work. It provides you with an opportunity to explore a new area of history, and helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history. It will also give you an opportunity to work in a team on a group presentation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Be aware of the various developments in the history of Chinas engagement with the world in the period 1500 to 1840.
- 2. Make a close evaluation of the key political, economic, social and cultural trends within the period.
- 3. Evaluate the main themes in the subject and to collate information upon, and evaluate in greater detail, those aspects of the module discussed in seminar and especially those topics selected by students for their coursework.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Analyse the key developments of the period.
- 5. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary.
- 6. Interpret primary sources.
- 7. Trace long-term as well as short-term historical developments.
- 8. Recognise and deploy historical terminology correctly.
- 9. Assess different approaches to historical writing in areas of controversy.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Work both independently and in a group, including participating in oral seminar discussions.
- 11. Identify a topic, select, comprehend, and organise primary and secondary materials on that topic with little guidance.
- 12. Produce to a deadline and in examination conditions a coherent argument.
Lecture topics will include: Ming China, Zheng He’s voyages, Matteo Ricci and Catholic missionaries in Ming China, the rise of the Qing, China and western technology under the Kangxi emperor, the Rites Controversy, population growth, environmental change, and rebellions, British missions in China, the East India Company in China, the Napier incident 1834 and the causes of the Opium War.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22 hours||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22 hours||Seminars; these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare for each seminar and present on a given topic in groups of 4 on 4 occasions.|
|Guided independent study||22 hours||Web-based activities located on ELE - preparation for seminars and presentations.|
|Guided independent study||234 hours||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan||500 words||1-12||Verbal and Written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 Words||1-12||Verbal and Written|
|Exam||50||2 Questions in 2 Hours||1-12||Written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 Minutes||1-12||Verbal and Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay (3000 Words)||1-12||Referral/deferral period.|
|Exam||Exam (2 Questions in 2 Hours)||1-12||Referral/deferral period.|
|Group Presentation||1,500 script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-12||Referral/deferral period.|
The re-assessment of the essay and exam are exactly the same, a 3,000 words essay (worth 30%) and a 2 hours exam (worth 50%). The group presentation will be replaced by a written script equivalent to 10 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Elliott, Mark C., Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World (New York, 2009).
Gregory, John S., The West and China since 1500 (Basingstoke, 2003).
Mungello, D. E., The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800 (Oxford, 2006).
Naquin, Susan and Rawski, Evelyn S., Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century (New Haven, CT, 1987).
Perdue, Peter C., China Marches the West: the Qing conquest of Central Eurasia (Cambridge, MA, 2005).
Pomeranz, Kenneth, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the making of the modern world economy (Princeton, 2000).
Waley-Cohen, Joanna, The Sextants of Beijing: global currents in Chinese history (New York, 1999).
Wills, John E. Jr. (ed.), China and Maritime Europe, 1500-1800: trade, settlement, diplomacy, and missions (Cambridge, 2011).
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