HUMN 3111 History of the People's Republic of China

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102842

Coordinator Niv Horesh Opens in new window

Description This subject is concerned with the historical complexities during the period between the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949 and up to the present day. It will equally focus on the Mao Zedong era (1949-1976) and on the post-1976 period, which saw the adoption and implementation of an "open-door" policy, and the launch of the "Four Modernisations". Due attention will also be paid to the Xi Jinping era (2012-present). We will explore a wide range of social and political issues that have a bearing on China's future as a potential world leader in the twenty-first century.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline History

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects HUMN 3074 - Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China


Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the major social, political, and intellectual developments since the establishment of People�fs Republic of China, especially those which have contemporary relevance.
  2. Interpret the relationship between change and continuity, reform and revolution, tradition and modernity over the course of the People Republic of China�fs existence.
  3. Describe the multi-faceted search for modernisation pursued by both statesmen and intellectuals in the People�fs Republic of China.

Subject Content

?eLeaning to One Side?f -- Communist rule in the early phase of the People's Republic, 1949-1955
The ?eHundred Flowers?f and ?eAnti-Rightist?f Campaigns, 1956-1957
The Great Leap Forward, 1958-1960
The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976
The Gang of Four and Hua Guofeng, 1976-1981
Origins of the "oor" and the "Four Modernizations"
Social change in the 1980s and the limits of political reform
The Tiananmen tragedy, 1989
The Jiang Zemin era, 1989-2002
The Hu-Wen era, 2002-2012
Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong since 1997
The Xi Jinping era, 2012-present


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 5 minutes 20 N Individual
Quiz 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Essay 3,000 words 50 N Individual