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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. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course meets 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:

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 1949 to the present.
    Topical Outline:
  • Ch’ing Dynasty
  • China and the West
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Chinese Republic
  • War with Japan
  • Civil War
  • Communist China
  • Taiwan
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Michael Polley Date: September 1, 2008
    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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