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Announcements : HI 285 Syllabus

Announcement: HI 285 Syllabus

Please find the course syllabus for HI 285 Modern China
Department of History
Fairfield University
Summer, 2017
Professor Danke Li:
Office: 316 Canisius Hall
Phone: X-2353
Welcome to History of Modern China!  The 21st century is called the “Chinese Century” so understanding China and Chin-U.S. relations is vital to our future.  This summer course takes Fairfield students to China to learn Chinese history and use China itself as the text.  We will visit Beijing, the capital city and Shanghai, a metropolitan and financial center of China as well as Inner Mongolia, the home of Genghis Khan, the King of the Mongol Empire and the frontier of China to experience and learn the Chinese history and culture of the Han majority as well as the history and culture of the diverse minorities in Inner Mongolia.  This course is focused on Chinese people and institutions that are shaping contemporary China.   
.* China, the world’s most populous country, is one of the major players in world affairs today and is likely to play a larger role in the future. The purpose of this course is to examine major developments in modern Chinese history and to understand how China has arrived at the point where it is today. 
Learning objectives:  Build a knowledge base about China---gain factual knowledge and understanding terminology, classifications, methods and trends.
* Although scholars continue to debate cultural relativism vs. universalism, it is now well recognized that because of their diverse traditional cultures, Third World countries are developing along different paths to modernization than did the West.  Modern Chinese history provides a good example of this development.  This course highlights the complex interaction between Chinese tradition and the forces of change and modernity.
Learning Objectives: Connect facts and understand relationship---learn fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories.
* In this course students will not only learn pertinent knowledge about modern China, but also develop higher level skills of logical and synthetic reasoning, of analytical and critical thinking, and of effective reading and writing. Through reading assignments and observation, students will have the opportunity to think about and organize the materials that they have read and seen each day.  Students will also be asked to question, integrate, and evaluate the author’s ideas, their observation and to form opinions of their own. Through the reading assignment and everyday observation, students will be given the opportunity to put their knowledge and analytical skills together to write a well-organized and structured essay. 
Learning Objectives: Function as an independent learner---learn how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems.
Core /Pathways Integration: Constantly think about the ways in which questions, issues, and ideas raised and discussed in this course might connect to or challenge the ideas and questions raised, discussed, or debated in your other core courses.       
The following books are required for the course and are available for purchase at the Fairfield University Bookstore.
1. Keith Schoppa, Revolution and Its Past: Identities and change in Modern Chinese History, Prentice Hall, Third Edition.
2. Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen, and Paul G. Pickowicz, ed., Restless China, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, INC.,2013.
3. Wu Hung, “Tiananmen Square: A Political History of Monuments,” Representations, No. 35, Special Issue: Monumental Histories (Summer, 1991), pp. 84-117.
            4. Huhbator Borjigin, The History and the Political Character of the Name of ‘Nei Mengu’ (Inner Mongolia), Inner Asia 6 (2004), pp. 61-80
.           5.Daniel Brook, “Once Upon A Time in Shanghai: Is History Repeating Itself in China’s Glittering Global City?” Foreign Policy, No. 195, (Sept/Oct., 2012), pp. 74-77.
Useful Databases: Bibliography of Asian studies Online, History in Context: World, Historical Abstracts, JSTOR, Cambridge Histories Online
               Some useful websites:    
Attendance/Participation: 30%.  Students are required to attend all scheduled activities in China and in the evening, we will have discussion and reflection of each day’s activities. 
Reading Requirements:  10% each, 3x10= 30%.  All students are required to complete assigned readings prior to our trip to China.  The two books are back-ground materials.  The three articles provide specific information to the three places we are going to visit.  One of the learning objectives for 200 level history courses is to learn how to read secondary sources. In this course, when you read the books and articles, please keep the following questions in mind: 1. What is the central argument? 2. What evidence was used to support the argument?  Be specific.  3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s(s)’ opinions? 4. Why do or don’t you find the argument compelling?  Write a one-page essay answering the four questions for each of the three articles (a total of three one-page essays on Tiannamen Square, Inn Mongolia, and Shanghai).  The essays are due on June 1, 2017.
Final Essay: China through My Eyes, 40 %.   Write an approximately five-page double-spaced typed essay responding to the following questions:  What have you learned about China through this trip?  What are the achievements and challenges that China faces today?  The assignment is due on June 27, 2017.  You must email the instructor your finished essay ( 
           Final Essay-------------------(40%) of the course grade
           Attendance/Participation--(30%) of the course grade
           Three  Mini Essays-------------(30%, 10% each) of the course grade
Final grade will be given according to a scale of A or 4.0 (93 and above), A- or 3.67 (90-92), B+ or 3.33 (87-89), B or 3.0 (83-86), B- or 2.67 (80-82), C+ or 2.33 (77-79), C or 2.0 (73-77), C- or 1.67 (70-72), D or 1.0 (60-69), F or 0 (0-59).  The final course grade is a weighted average of the individual grades.  


PLEASE REMEMBER: Fairfield University is committed to a policy of academic honesty.  All use of others’ words or ides must be noted with proper quotation and either footnotes or parentheses. This includes uses of materials from websites.  Any plagiarism grounds for failure, not only for the assignment in question, but for the course as well.  If you have any questions at all about this, please see your instructor before the assignment is due.
Students are often confused by just what constitutes plagiarism.  When the ideas or writings of others are presented in assignments, these ideas or writing should be attributed to that source.  Special care should be taken, when cutting and pasting materials or when paraphrasing, to cite sources correctly and to use quotation marks around exact words from source materials.  Actions that result in plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional.  Consequently, students must understand the concept of plagiarism.  When reading, processing, or using materials from any source, appropriate documentation is always essential.  Resources such as the library (ext 2178) and the writing center are available on campus to assist you.  You are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
The official Fairfield University statement on plagiarism includes the following, which I will enforce: “In all academic work, students are expected to submit materials that are their own.  Examples of dishonesty conduct include but are not limited to :…Plagiarism, the appropriation of information, ideas, or  the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one’s own to satisfy the requirements of a course… In the event of such dishonesty, professors are to award a grade of zero for the project, paper, or examination in question, and may record an “F” for the course itself.”  This includes the failure to quote or cite quotations from another source.     
June 7,   Flying from NY to Beijing
              Learn surviving Chinese
June 8,   Arriving Beijing
             Learn Chinese food culture and hospitality with a Chinese family
June 9,  Beijing
            Learn Chinese history on the Great Wall and in the Olympic Part.  Visit institutions that shaped China’s current economy and society such as Tsinghua University
June 10, Beijing
            Learn Chinese history in in the Forbidden City, traditional Hu Tong, and Tiananmen Square. 
June 11, Beijing to Shanghai
            Learn Chinese technologic development by High-speed Train.  Visit Shanghai Center and learn China’s urbanization
June 12, Shanghai
            Learn how Chinese preserve its cultural tradition in the midst of fast pace economic development and urbanization in Ocean Aquarium & Madame Tussauds Shanghai and the
God Temple of Shanghai.
June 13, Shanghai to Inner Mongolia
            Learn regional variations between highly developed cosmopolitan cities like Beijing and Shanghai and less developed frontier region of Inner Mongolia
June 14, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
           Learn cultural and ethnic diversity as well as grass-land life in Inner Mongolia by visiting Zhaojun Tomb, Jokhang Temple and
Mongolian Mores Garden.
June 15, Hohhot-Ordos, Inner Mongolia
          Learn history of Inner Mongolia and Mongolians by visiting the Resonant Sand Gorge and the
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan.
June 16, Ordos to Beijing to New York
         Learn Jesuit pedagogy: reflection