Introduction to Chinese Contemporary History

Autumn 2019

CCP Leaders (Mao, Deng, Jiang, Hu), Lauri Paltemaa

Introduction to Chinese Contemporary History (5 ECTS)

Organiser: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

Instructor: Professor Lauri Paltemaa

Time: Autumn term 2019, spring term 2020, summer term 2020.

Goals: Students will learn in-depth the course of contemporary Chinese history (c. 1949 to present), its major events, personages, policies and contradictions as well as questions of its historiography. As transferable skills students will learn how to assimilate and understand large amounts of new information through following online lectures and reading research literature, as well as academic English listening and writing skills.

Contents: The course introduces students to Chinese contemporary history from the revolution to the present. The central theme in the course is to follow the folding and unfolding of the Communist experiment in China and the emergence of a new aspiring economic and political superpower by the early 21st century. Questions such as the nature of the communist revolution, Mao Zedong and his legacy, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping and the reform era policies as well as developments in more recent past are discussed and analyzed during the course from the historical point of view. The course is essential for those who want to gain deeper understanding of the great social, economic and political transformation of China in contemporary history.

Taken as:  

  • Online lectures (18 h) available throughout the year AND
  • Literature:
    • Paltemaa, Lauri and Juha Vuori: Kiinan kansantasavallan historia (2012) OR
    • MacFarquhar, Roderick: The Politics of China (2011):
  • Home exams (given once a month, you only need to pass the exam once)

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Target Group: All students who wish to gain introductory knowledge on Contemporary Chinese history.

Application periods: Registered university students with a valid study right from the University Network’s member universities, can register for this course during during the following periods:

  • Autumn term application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019.
  • Spring term application period: November 4-24, 2019.
  • Summer term application period: March 3 – April 14, 2020.

The continuous application possibility is no longer possible as of 16.8.2018.

Application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019. Go to application instructions. This course does not have enrollment limits. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network.  Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

Other interested persons can register for this course through the Open University at the University of Turku.

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
In Finnish: https://www.utu.fi/fi/avoin-yliopisto-opetus/opintotarjonta/yhteiskuntatieteellisen-tiedekunnan-opinnot/east-asian-studies
In English: https://www.utu.fi/en/open-university-studies/courses

 

Photo: Lauri Paltemaa, Asianet Material Bank