Introduction to Chinese Contemporary History

Ongoing until summer 2019

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

Introduction to Chinese Contemporary History (4 ECTS)

Organiser: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

Instructor: Professor Lauri Paltemaa

Time:  Ongoing until summer 2019

Course Description: 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.

Learning Outcomes: 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.

Taken as:  

  • Online lectures (18 h) available throughout the year AND
  • Literature:
    • Paltemaa, Lauri and Juha Vuori: Kiinan kansantasavallan historia (2012) OR
    • Benson, Linda: China since 1949 (2010)
  • 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 Period: Continuous application. Link to application form (opens again in August 2018).

Important Information about Registering Credits: After signing up to this course, you will immediately gain access to the course site and can start studying. Please note, however, that credits from this course will be registered only twice a year. Grade received from an exam taken between January to May will be registered in June. Grade received from June to December will be registered in January. You can read more about the registration process from our website (http://www.asianet.fi/study-guide/). Please note, your grade can only be registered if you fulfill the following criteria: 1) you are a degree student currently present at an Asianet member university, 2) you are a polytechnic student whose institutions has promised to pay for your studies and you have sent the required certificate (Read more here: http://www.asianet.fi/study-guide/), 3) you are a self-paying student and have paid the course fee (in this case you will be sent information about your study right and instructions on how to pay the study fee in late spring or autumn depending on when you took the exam. If you do not fulfill criteria 1, 2 or 3, your grade may not be registered.

Photo: Lauri Paltemaa, Asianet Material Bank