World History: China - The Road to the People Republic

Ref: C2419075

The course will study the foundation of the Qing Dynasty and how the empire entered into crisis. The events of the Opium Wars and the increasing interference of foreign powers will be studied. We will look at the rise of nationalism and the Boxer Rebellion and the final collapse of the Qing Dynasty. Then we will study the years of the Republic, the ideas of Sun Yat-Sen, the policies of the Communist Party, the instability of the warlord period and the rise of Chiang Kai-shek. Finally we will study the invasion by Japan and the eventual victory of the Communist Party in the civil war.

Course aim

The course will introduce the events that shaped the modern state of China and lead to the establishment of the People's Republic of China

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. have a basic knowledge of the geography and peoples of China
  • 2. understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Qing Dynasty
  • 3. have an understanding of the period of crisis and civil war following the fall of the Qing Dynasty
  • 4. understand the different political ideas and strategies of the main actors in this period
  • 5. to feel able to participate in the class and take part in discussions

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment.

What else do I need to know?

  • Students only need to bring pens and paper for making notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Throughout the course the tutor will recommend relevant books and websites.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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World History: China - The Road to the People Republic Course Outline


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