History 373 The History of Modern China
Spring 2019 Honors 167 T-Th 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Professor Shelton Woods
The History of Modern China is an upper division history course focused on twentieth century China. We will also use the literary genre of biography/autobiography in exploring this topic. Also using a multidisciplinary approach, we will study China’s Modern History from its social, economic, religious, and political viewpoints. After successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
- Articulate how China transformed into a state that now dominates the world economically and politically
- Understand the need for a multidisciplinary approach in studying the past and present
- Explain the tragic consequences of internal and external wars that buffeted China through much of the twentieth century
- Explain the role of biography/autobiography as a historical approach
Meet with Dr. Woods
You are encouraged to with Dr. Woods at least once during the semester. You can make an appointment at the time that fits your schedule. My office hours are Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments are for fifteen minutes. My office is in the Honors College Building (Room 176).
If you have any problems with setting up your appointment on your own you can call me at 426-3349 or email me email@example.com
An i-Clicker instrument must be purchased for this course (they are available at the bookstore). You must bring your clicker to every class. I will demonstrate how to register your i-Clicker during the first day of class.
During class you must only use your i-Clicker device for answering quizzes or when attendance is taken. Inputing quiz answers or attendance for someone else who is not in the class will be treated as academic dishonesty with the lightest penalty being failure of the class, and the most severe being expulsion from the university. Students are responsible to check their quiz score after each quiz and immediately contact me if there is no grade noted for that quiz. If a student disputes a particular grade or if there is no grade noted in the Canvas grade book for a quiz, the student must contact me within a day of the quiz. I do not give make up quizzes. However, every student is given an extra 15 points in case you miss a quiz. Two absences are acceptable (no make up quiz is given if you are absent). Every absence after two absences reduces your final quiz score by 40 points.
A good portion of your grade is based on class participation. That includes sending three questions each week that will lead to a good discussion. It also means that you actively participate in weekly class discussions.
You will have an opportunity to research and write a short biography or autobiography. This will be an eight to ten page, double spaced paper due at the end of the semester. Specifics regarding the research and writing of the paper will be given in class.
You will have an opportunity to hone your writing skills by writing four short essays this semester. These essays are to be analytical (not summaries). They are to be typed in Word, double-spaced, and between 280 and 300 words. A rubric for the grading of these essays will be provided in class. You will be able to drop your lowest essays grade.
Laptop Computer and Mobile Devices
The use of laptop computers or any mobile device is not permitted in the class. Your final grade will be lowered a letter grade if you are caught texting during class.
This course is also on Canvas. You can find similar information on that site as you do on this one. However, throughout the semester I’ll post announcements on the Canvas site and you will also be able to see your grades on that site.
Grades: Class Quizzes: 50% + Class Essays: 20% + Final Paper 15% + Participation 15% = 100%
The letter to percentage grade is as follows:
A = 100 – 94
A – = 93 – 90
B+ = 89 – 87
B = 86 – 84
B- = 83 -80
C+ = 79 – 77
C = 76 – 74
C- = 73 – 70
D+ = 69 – 67
D = 66 – 64
D- = 63 – 60
F = 59 – 0
I won’t “give” you a grade at the end of the semester, you will earn the grade that you receive. There is objective criteria that determines what grade you earn. These things include your quiz scores and your exam scores. However, there will also be subjective elements when it comes time for me to record your grade. For example, attendance is absolutely key and will be noted. As noted above, more than two absences will affect your final grade (each subsequent absence will reduce your final quiz score by 40 points). You must properly participate in class discussions.
This will be somewhat of a hybrid course with online lectures and in-class discussion groups.
(January 15 and 17)
Thursday read Wild Swans Introduction through chapter one (pages 9 – 42)
(January 22 and 24)
Read Wild Swans Chapters two through six (pages 43 – 139)
Watch The Intellectual Revolution
Watch The Birth of the CCP
(January 29 and 31) First Essay Due
Read Wild Swans Chapters seven through eleven (pages 140-219)
Watch The Rise of Mao
Watch The Anti-Japanese Front
(February 5 and 7)
Read Wild Swans Chapters twelve through seventeen (pages 220-307)
Watch The KMT 1938-1941
The KMT and World War II
Mao in Yanan
(February 12 and 14)
Read Wild Swans Chapters eighteen though 22 (pages 308 – 405)
Watch The Founding of the PRC
Mao and Stalin
(February 19 and 21) Second essay due
Read Wild Swans Chapters twenty-three through epilogue (pages 406 – 508)
Watch The Korean War Part One
The Korean War Part Two
China and the Vietnam War 1954
(February 26 and 28) Final Paper Topic Due
Read Private Life (Preface through chapter four) pages 1 – 65
Watch PRC and the CCP Structure
PRC and the Party Structure
(March 5 and 7)
Read Private Life Chapters five through twenty (pages 66 – 202)
Watch PRC and Urban Policies
PRC and Rural China
(March 12 and 14) Third essay due
Read Private Life Chapters twenty-one through forty (pages 203 – 327)
Watch The Agricultural Producers Cooperatives
The Anti-Rightest Campaign
(March 26 and 28) Final Paper Bibliography Due
Read Private Life Chapters forty-one through sixty (Pages 328 – 463)
(April 2 and 4)
Read Private Life Chapters sixty-one through ninety-two (Pages 464-638)
(April 9 and 11) Fourth essay due
Read China Road Introduction through chapter six (Pages xiii-75)
(April 16 and 18) Final Paper Outline due
Read China Road Chapters seven through thirteen (Pages 76 – 164)
(April 23 and 25)
Read China Road Chapters fourteen through eighteen (Pages 165 – 226)
(April 30 May 2) Final Paper Due
Read China Road Chapters nineteen through twenty-three (Pages 227 – 297)
Textbooks for The History of Modern China (Fall 2016)
Your textbooks are also on reserved at the Albertson’s Library and you can check them out for one hour at a time. This is in case you have difficulty paying for the course textbooks.
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford
“A crash course in Chinese history, geography, economy, and society…From afar, China looks like an emerging superpower, but Rob Gifford contends that up close it is `more fragile than it appears.’…He listens to the voice of the Chinese people.” Review from the Washington Post
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
“Her family chronicle resembles a popular novel that stars strong, beautiful women and provides cameo roles for famous men….But Wild Swans is no romance. It’s a story…about the survival of a Chinese family through a century of disaster” The New Yorker
The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Dr. Li Zhisui
“From 1954 until Mao Zedong’s death 22 years later, Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler’s personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries, as well as in his memory. In this book, Dr. Li vividly reconstructs his extraordinary time with Chairman Mao.”