Day School: Tiananmen 1989: China, the massacre & the terrible legacy

Ref: C2226134

The Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 is one of the turning points in 20th century history. But it was not an isolated or entirely unexpected event. This day school delves into the history behind the Massacre, from the last years of Chairman Mao's rule to the beginnings of China opening up to the West under Deng Xiao-ping. It examines the events of the Massacre in detail and shows how modern China was changed forever, concluding by examining modern Chinese society under the rule of Xie Jinping.

Course aim

An examination of the causes of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing in 1989, the massacre and its aftermath, bringing the story of China and human rights up to the present time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Quantify the events that led to the conditions where the Massacre could occur
  • Demonstrate an awareness of Communist Party political machinations before the Massacre
  • Identify the events of the Massacre and set them in their proper places
  • Examine the consequences of the Massacre for human rights and freedom of speech in China
  • Discuss the impact of the Massacre on modern Chinese leaders and society, up to 2018

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: Tiananmen 1989: China, the massacre & the terrible legacy


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