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ASNS2618: Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

The history of the People's Republic of China comprises two periods. In the Maoist era (1949-1978), the Communist-led government attempted to build a centrally planned, socialist society in which politics dominated people's daily lives. In the post-Mao era (since 1978), by contrast, the socialist institutions have largely been dismantled in pursuit of a market-based alternative. This unit of study explores key social, political, cultural and economic features of both periods and analyses the problems and paradoxes of transition.

Code ASNS2618
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level from Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History
Assumed knowledge:
Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have a better understanding of the origins and historical developments of the People's Republic of China (PRC)
  • LO2. have a better understanding of key social, ideological, political, geopolitical and economic factors which have informed the history of the PRC
  • LO3. approach key issues in an objective and structured manner
  • LO4. develop a capacity for critical thinking
  • LO5. clearly express your ideas in correct English in both written and oral assignments

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.