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• Knowledge and understanding of key debates in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese history and historiography.
• A critical understanding of role of ‘The West’ in East Asian history and how women’s bodies have been used by various political regimes in the process of resisting Imperialism and self-strengthening throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
• Understanding of how the Second World War in East Asia has been politicised and memorialised with a focus on gender.
• The ability to develop arguments about the way historians have understood East Asia.
• Developing skills in critical reading and historiographical analysis.
• Students will be introduced to primary source analysis, and will gain preliminary skills to evaluate both archival and oral historical sources.
1. Introduction: Gender in Chinese History
2. Women in Late Imperial China
3. Imperial Feminisms: Footbinding, Famine Relief and Female Education
4. The Woman Question
5. 1911 Revolution : Revolutionaries and Suffragettes
6. Reading Week
7. The May Fourth Movement and the ‘New Woman’ in East Asia
8. 'Hygienic Modernity': The Nanjing Decade and the New Life Movement
9. Gender, War and Propaganda: Women in Wartime China
10. Gender, War and Memory: Politicization and Memorialisation of the War in East Asia
11. 1949: Chinese women finally 'Liberated'?
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Project: Semester-long research project: this is a paper of 3,500-4,000 words, based on work undertaken over the 12 weeks of the semester||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all seminars throughout the semester||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: A combined Presentation / written assignment, which takes the form of a 15 minute seminar presentation and 1,500 word paper.||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|Repeat||Within Two Trimesters|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on the combined 15-minute presentation / 1,500 essay assignment will be given in writing via Brightspace. Written and oral feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis on preparatory plans and primary and secondary source bibliographies for the end-of-semester research project. Feedback on the end-of-semester research project will be given in writing via Brightspace and by appointment in one-to-one online meetings.