This unit is an introduction to Contemporary China. It is primarily for students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Studies degree, but may be taken by all students with an interest in modern China, especially those studying Chinese and Asian studies.
Each week’s lectures will cover particular aspects of history, politics, society and culture. The tutorials will combine discussions of lectures and readings with student presentations on current affairs in China.
Students will be expected to read the relevant chapters of the textbook, David Shambaugh (ed), The China Reader, Sixth Edition: Rising Power. This textbook will serve as reference material throughout the course, and will reflect the topics covered in lectures and tutorials. Additional readings listed on the unit guide will be provided in the unit's iLearn page.
China is rarely out of the news, and all students will be expected to read items on China in the newspapers and current affairs journals, and download material from the web. It is expected that students will search and read China-related news on a daily basis, and not simply the day before the class, to stay up to date with current events.
Ultimately this unit will aim to broaden student’s knowledge and awareness of issues affecting contemporary China and by extension, the rest of the world.