China 1300-1900

Ref: C3741118

In the light of China's reappearance as a great world power, we will look at the Chinese Empire at its height. We will follow the main events between the Mongol conquest in the 13th century, and the fall of the Chinese Empire in 1911. We will also see how she related to other countries, and their impact on her in the fields of culture, trade, religion and war, and how European encroachments in the 19th century contributed to her final collapse. Tracing these events will help us to understand better China's view of herself, and her attitude towards the outside world today.

Course aim

To trace the political, social and cultural development of China during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, and China's interaction with other countries during this period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for anyone with an interest in history

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

  • Outline the main events in China between the years 1300 and 1900
  • Describe the cultural achievements of China during the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Describe how China and other countries influenced each other during this period
  • Explain some of the causes of China's decline in the 19th century

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

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Information about further reading and exhibitions of material about China will be provided by the tutor

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China 1300-1900

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