CCCH9047 China: Culture, State and Society
This course asks, what do we really know about China, its politics, society, culture, economy and ways of life? By discussing a range of ‘sinographies’ – ways of writing about China and Chineseness, each of which has something to teach us about the similarities and differences between our own and other cultures as they approach the civilization of China, the course encourages students to develop a more critical approach towards various representations about China and to identify the ways in which writing about China may obscure as much as it reveals about a possible ‘real’ China.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completing the course, students will be able to:
- Explain major problems and controversies relating to different interpretations and descriptions of China.
- Analyse the differences between various interpretations and descriptions of China.
- Discuss critically issues arising from different interpretations and descriptions of China.
Offer Semester and Day of Teaching
First Semester (Wed)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||38|
|Assessment: Essay / Report writing||30|
|Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation)||20|
Assessment: 100% coursework
- Hung, H. -F. (2015). The China Boom: Why China will not rule the world. [Introduction ‘Sinomania and Capitalism’ & conclusion ‘After the Boom’]
- Jacques, M. (2009). When China rules the world: The end of the western world and the birth of a new global order. [Excerpts]
- Said, E. (1978). Orientalism. [Introduction]
- Spence, J. (1998). The Chan’s great continent: China in western minds. New York: W. W. Norton.
- Johansson, P. (2012). Saluting the yellow emperor: A case of Swedish sinography (Sinica Leidensia; v. 104). Leiden; Boston: Brill.
- Johansson, P. (2015). The libidinal economy of China: Gender, nationalism, and consumer culture. Lexington Books.
- Roberts, J. A. G. (Ed.). China through western eyes: The twentieth century, a reader in history.