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ASNS3618: Popular China

This unit of study explores the history of the popular categories of Chinese society from the perspective of their interactions and contrasts with elitist cultural forms and socio-political objectives over the ages, considering processes of social and cultural change in terms of resistance, mimesis, and subversion, and exploring the parallels and prolongations of these in the modern world.

Code ASNS3618
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Anthropology or 12 credit points at 1000 level or 2000 level or 3000 level in Chinese Studies

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

  • LO1. This unit of study includes a wide range of learning objectives. This year’s edition will concentrate on the origins and development, in the pre-modern era, of the social and cultural characteristics of what can be called “Popular China”, their contrasts and interactions with elitist culture, and their parallels and prolongations in the modern world. In this way, students are invited to reflect upon the ways in which cultural expression emerges in differing historical and social contexts. By means of a methodical approach to all of these aspects, successful students will have the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking skills, and their ability to express the results of this in correct English, in both written and oral assignments.

Unit outlines

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