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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1110 Modern China: History and Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Professor Frances Weightman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

To understand contemporary Chinese society and culture it is vital to be familiar with its recent history. This module provides an overview of the major events and trends in the political, social, and economic history of modern China, and shows how these have been reflected in literature, cinema and other cultural forms. The lectures introduce the history of China from the start of the 20th century, through to the reform period and present day.


This module will:
- Introduce events and trends in the political, social and economic history of modern China, and examine how they have shaped China today.
- Introduce how these trends influenced the main developments of modern Chinese culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Proficiency in presenting well-reasoned arguments supported by evidence and engagement in constructive dialogue about the complexities of contemporary China.
2. Identify and articulate the major developments in Chinese culture and society, including shifts in values, beliefs, and artistic expressions, influenced by modern historical events.
3. Integrate insights from political, social, economic, literary, and cinematic perspectives to develop a holistic understanding of modern China.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. analyse primary sources, using them critically as evidence to support own arguments
5. identify and analyse arguments in scholarly literature, evaluating their credibility, and develop own position in response
6. communicate ideas concisely and coherently in writing
7. manage time effectively


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours75.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ongoing monitoring of comprehension and background reading in seminars. Automated feedback on online quiz. Discussion of essay outline at essay clinics in week 9.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 word Essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

2,000-word coursework essay

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/02/2024


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