Module Details

HR233-5-SP-CO: Revolutionary Encounters: China And The World, 1780-1930

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Year: 2017/18
Department: History
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Mark Frost
Teaching Staff: Dr Mark Frost
Contact details: Belinda Waterman, Student Administrator, Department of History:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module explores Chinese encounters with 'the world' both at home and abroad through the tumultuous nineteenth century. Students will learn about how and why China opened up to foreign influence, and about the possibilities and upheavals that such openness generated. They will also study the varied experience of Chinese overseas and discover how these 'other' Chinese stimulated internal developments within their ancestral homeland. Overall, this module will provide a detailed and expansive historical context from which to better appreciate China's present day engagement with the rest of the world and its contemporary transformation into an economic giant. How have Chinese people historically perceived the world beyond their shores? How far have these perceptions changed over time? How much and in what ways have foreign powers contributed to the making of modern China and to new ways of being Chinese? Have these interventions resulted in progress and development or disruption and tragedy?

Learning and Teaching Methods

One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar per week.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Coursework consists of one document analysis exercise (2,000 words/ 35%) and one 3,000-word essay (60%) and seminar participation (5%)

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