Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HST 106
Course Title:
History of China
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Course Description

Introduces the history of China. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious, and cultural themes from pre-history to modern times. Audit Available. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of China.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

  • Identify the characteristics of Chinese civilization
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of Chinese civilization
  • Appraise how civilizations changed over time
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect present-day events to the past

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Early China
  • Themes in Chinese history:
    • Mandate of Heaven
    • "Civilized" versus "Barbarian" world
    • China's regional role
  • Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, and other schools of thought
  • Qin (Ch'in) and Han dynasties  
  • Growth and influence of Buddhism
  • Tang (T'ang), Song (Sung), Yuan, Ming, and Qing (Ch'ing) dynasties
  • China's reactions to western influence and imperialism
  • Chinese Revolution
  • World War I and its effects in China
  • Interwar period in East Asia
  • World War II and its effects in China
  • Communist Revolution and Mao Zedong (Tse-tung)
    • Great Leap Forward
    • Cultural Revolution
  • Modern China

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Gender
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Imperial governments
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions