Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 106 Effective Summer 2015

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

? Articulate an understanding of the key events in the history of China and use critical thinking to evaluate historical
changes and their impact on civilization.
? Recognize the diverse contributions of China to World Civilization in order to appreciate and evaluate society.
? Identify culturally?grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in China.
? Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
? Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills.

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)

1. Competencies and skills:

  • Identify the characteristics of East Asian civilizations, focusing on China and Japan
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of East Asian civilizations
  • 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

2. 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
  • Early and feudal Japan
  • China's reactions to western influence and imperialism
  • Japan's reactions to western influence and imperialism
  • Meiji Restoration
  • Japan's imperialism
  • Chinese Revolution
  • World War I and its effects in both China and Japan
  •  Interwar period in East Asia
  • World War II and effects in East Asia
  • Communist Revolution and Mao Zedong (Tse-tung)
    • Great Leap Forward
    • Cultural Revolution
  • Postwar Japan
  • Modern East Asia

Considering such factors as:

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