Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2:30-4:15pm, Wednesday
Lecture Venue: ERB 404
Tutorial Time: 4.30-6.15 pm, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct (Wednesday)
Tutorial Venue: To be Arranged

This course is designed to introduce Chinese history to undergraduates with or without prior knowledge in Chinese history. Students are required to think critically the significant historical events and figures in traditional China and how it transformed to modern China.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  1. comprehend Chinese history from ancient, medieval to modern China, and from tradition to transformation;
  2. think critically of the different approaches to the study of Chinese history; and
  3. reflect and relate Chinese history to China and the world today.

Class schedule:

Lecture Date Theme
1 4 Sep Introduction: The Study of Chinese History
2 11 Sep Confucianism in Ancient China
3 18 Sep The First Emperor and the "Great Unity"
4 25 Sep Han Dynasty and the Silk Road
5 2 Oct From Disunity to Reunification: Southern & Northern Dynasties
6 9 Oct The "Golden Era" of Tang China
7 16 Oct Chinese Culture and Neo-Confucianism in the Song Dynasty
8 23 Oct Genghis Khan, Marco Polo and the Mongol Empire
9 30 Oct Ming Dynasty: Beginning of Early Modern China
10 6 Nov Qing Dynasty: Encounters with the West
11 13 Nov Sun Yat-sen and Republican China (1912-1949)
12 20 Nov Communist China before 1978
13 27 Nov China and the World in New Millennium
Tutorials (25%)
Tutorial Review Essay (25%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)

Please refer to the course outline to be available by late August 2019 in this website and elearn blackboard.

Last updated on 23 Aug 2019