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Contemporary China: From 1949 to present (HIST 2243)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces you to the study of contemporary China. You will examine the changes that have shaped the People's Republic of China (PRC) from the Communist Revolution under the leadership of Mao Zedong through Deng Xiaoping's economic revolution to the present. You will explore the following aspects of China's history: the Communist (CCP) Revolution and establishment of the PRC; the Nationalist (KMT) exit to Taiwan and establishment of the Republic of China (ROC); the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; Deng Xiaoping's reforms-the "four modernizations"; the democracy movement and the events at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989; recent social, cultural, economic changes; and China's growing presence in this 21st-century world.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical Methods
2. Late Imperial China and the Republic of China
3. The Revolution
4. Maoist China
5. China after Mao
6. China's Place in the World Today

Learning Outcomes:
1. Evaluate primary documents as a way to understand the past
2. Evaluate secondary sources as a way to understand the past
3. Construct historical arguments using evidence
4. Understand the themes, people, and events important to Chinese History since 1949

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives