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Semester 1

Culture and Society in Early Modern China (HIST10412)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

We cannot begin to understand twenty-first-century China without reference to its early modern past, when excessive wealth, consumption, expanded literacy, anxiety, social mobility, a flourishing of the arts, and unprecedented new freedoms for women first became a part of the lived experience for many Chinese.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the cultural and social histories of early modern China (c. 1420-1820), a period that straddles the tremendous upheaval brought about by the extended transition from Ming to Qing rule. Its structure is both thematic and chronological, emphasising the broader cultural themes of the period, while at the same time allowing students to explore the ways in which Chinese culture and society developed and transformed over several centuries. Gender, class, literacy, consumption and material culture are principal concerns throughout the course. Participants will be encouraged to make use of a range of primary sources - textual, visual, material - that take us beyond the standard political narratives, and help us to understand the complex social and cultural lives of a range of Chinese men and women during this fascinating period. Note: This course does not assume any knowledge of the languages of China.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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