Modern China

Ref: C2341690

In the space of a century, China has grown from a rural and agricultural society to a modern industrial and commercial power house. In the course of this change, it has experienced a series of political, and economic upheavals led by such figures as Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The aim of the course is to examine these revolutionary developments, tracing the story form the collapse of the ruling Qing dynasty in 1911 to the advent of Xi Jinping, the current ruler of the People's Republic of China.

Additional information about this course

Actual venue is Bishop Street Methodist Church

Course aim

to analyse developments in China from the late imperial system onwards, enabling students to appreciate the major figures and movements that have shaped today's People's Republic of China.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate understanding of the PRC as a nation
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the main figures and personalities of modern Chinese history
  • demonstrate a grasp the main events of the period
  • place the PRC in its international context
  • demonstrate comprehension of the legacy left by the participants in the modern story

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
  • exposition - analysis - discussion

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Book lists and further reading suggestions will be regularly provided

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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Modern China

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