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Module

HIS3131 : Social histories of China and Taiwan in the Cold War

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Joseph Lawson
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Students learn about the social history of China and Taiwan during the Cold War (1940s-1980s). Core questions are: How did societies in China and Taiwan change over this period? What explains collective violence in China during the Cultural Revolution, and the protests and crackdowns in Taiwan? What have been the legacies of violence and division? And, how were visions of Maoist socialism in China and capitalism under one-party rule in Taiwan translated into everyday reality?

Students also learn how to critically evaluate methodologies for studying the the social history of China and Taiwan during the Cold War. Social history is especially difficult in China, where the Communist Party has always exercised a high degree of control over information. This affected record-keeping practices in the Maoist era, and has shaped access to archives and the nature of public memory in subsequent eras. Even in Taiwan, where records are significantly more open, the legacy of a dictatorship and highly divided society in the Cold War era presents special problems for social historians.

Outline Of Syllabus

Indicative guide to subjects covered:
-The Second World War in East Asia
-The consolidation of Nationalist rule in Taiwan and Communist rule in China
-Land Reform in China and Taiwan
-The Great Leap Forward and famine
-Collective violence in the Cultural Revolution
-Gender and the Cultural Revolution
-The Educated Youth in the Countryside
-Taiwanese capitalism
-Tibet in China, China in Tibet
-Deng Xiaoping's China
-Democratization in Taiwan.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:001 hour per week of video recording. Counted towards student contact
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities111:0011:00Skills activities (online)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading761:0076:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00seminars: 2 hours per week. Either present in person or synchronous online, depending on pandemic
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small-group teaching provides students with an opportunity to summarize and ask questions about the readings, and to improve their ability to engage in debate and discussion.

Lecture materials provide context and direction for students' independent research, reading, and seminar preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M30Pre-recorded video podcast. Video can include any/all of: text, images, or video of presenter.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A702500 word final essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MUp to 500 words of a draft for the final essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The pre-recorded video presentation tests students' ability to synthesize information and present it orally with visual aids.

Essays test students' ability to research set problems, and formulate evidence-based arguments.


The form of the resit is no different from the above, i.e. no marks are carried over from the sit to the resit. Students are not allowed to submit for the resit any work that they have previously submitted.

Submitted work, tests, intended knowledge and skills outcomes develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable