HIST 370

Behind the Great Wall: The Real China

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course provides a topical overview of modern China. It teaches students how China's modern development was shaped by tradition, geography and history. It presents Chinese history, geography, government and politics, rural and urban life, education, the family, art and literature, economic development, and foreign policy. Students study major changes that have affected women and the family as China moved from a traditional nineteenth century society through the transition to the modern world. Students are encouraged to share their family, community and work experiences of Asia with the class.

Prerequisites

Special information

Prerequisite: WRIT 131 Writing I or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Fostering respect for other cultures, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • An ability to critically analyze historical events as presented in oral history, cultural productions, and scholarship, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • An ability to write a research paper incorporating a variety of sources, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Understanding of how historical events and ideological currents affected society and individuals, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Knowledge of the major events in modern Chinese history, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.