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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 314
Course Title: Modern China
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Chinese history since 1800. Offered even Spring. This course meets the Multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Select the most current edition of the following:

The Great Chinese Revolution
By Fairbank, John (Harper)
The Rise of Modern China
By Hsu, Immanuel (Oxford University Press)
China’s Path to Modernization
By Vohra, Ranbir (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To understand important events in Chinese history since 1900.
  • To identify significant individuals who contributed to the development of recent Chinese history.
  • To identify major trends in recent Chinese history.
    Measurable Learning

    • Identify major political, economic and intellectual trends in nineteenth century China. • Explain the rise of nationalism in China 1860-1949. • Define the achievements and blunders of Communist China.

    Topical Outline:

    Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The reading load should be a
    minimum of 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.

    The major topics include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • The context of Europe in the 1550s
  • Ch'ing Dynasty
  • China and the West
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Chinese Republic
  • War with Japan
  • Civil War
  • Communist China, 1949-76
  • Communist China, 1976-present
  • Taiwan


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Polley Date: July 10, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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