Alan T Wood
History of modern China since the beginning of the Qing dynasty, 1644 to the present. Focuses on the major social, political, and economic developments, and on the relationships between ideas and institutions. Topics include the impact of the West and changes resulting from internal causes.
China is rapidly becoming one of the most important economic and political powers in the world. Students will learn the main factors that have shaped modern China and that will therefore continue to influence the main lines of development in the future.
Student learning goals
Familiarity with the principal characteristics of Modern China
General method of instruction
The course consists of lectures, discussions, and an occasional film.
Read widely in newspapers and journals, especially the Economist.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include written exams, an annotated bibliography, a paper, and a map quiz.
Grades will be based on a map quiz (10 percent), an annotated bibliography (20 percent), a five-page paper (20 percent), a mid-term exam (20 percent), a final exam (20 percent), and class participation (10 percent).