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Module

CHN2004 : Contemporary Chinese Society: Issues and Challenges

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jo Smith Finley
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1) To provide an introduction to the concepts and norms of traditional social structure in imperial China;
2) To situate contemporary social problems in China against a backdrop of dramatic historial transformations occuring during the Republican, Maoist and Reform eras;
3) To consider the potential impacts of both domestic policies and global currents on the future evolution of Chinese society.

Outline Of Syllabus

Module Talk (Introduction)

Topic 1. Individual, Family and Society
Topic 2. Woman
Topic 3. Population and Fertility
Topic 4. The Environment
Topic 5. Internal Migration
Topic 6. Social Inequality

Essay planning workshop

Topic 7. Ethnicity
Topic 8. Religion
Topic 9. The Chinese Internet

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Online, non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities94:0036:00Online, non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Present-in-Person: Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Present-in-Person: Essay planning workshop.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Synchronous online: Post-lecture support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials guide students in developing a critical awareness of social structure in imperial China; in situating contemporary social challenges against their historical backdrop; and in considering the potential impact of domestic policies and global currents in the future evolution of Chinese society. Each lecture begins by exploring traditional social concepts and norms prevalent in Imperial China. Social trends and transformations occurring during the Republican and Maoist periods are then outlined, before going on to consider related social issues and challenges in China today.

The Essay planning workshop is designed to counsel students on how to research material, analyse sources critically, and plan, structure and present their arguments.

Small-group, in-person seminars, held on campus, encourage students to further explore the lecture themes through research, reading and discourse analysis, focused on carefully selected texts and audiovisual media (images and videos) related to the 9 lecture topics. Research and reading can be conducted independently or in small groups with student peers, in order to foster both individual initiative and teamwork.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100An essay of 2500 words (including quotations and footnotes but excluding bibliographies)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWritten commentary on a document chosen from choice of four,each relating to one of the Lecture topics. Formative feedback provided.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed by an Essay of 2500 words, a summative assessment demonstrating knowledge of taught aspects of Chinese society as well as the ability to critically analyse social themes. There will be a choice of essay questions covering the 9 lecture themes.of essay questions covering the lecture themes.

Reading Lists

Timetable