Modern China: Clash of Culture & Controversy
Course #: EDUC_715L
Semester Credits: 3
This course transports you to China where you relive its past hundred years that have been through a continuous transformation and upheaval affecting every aspect of the lives of its people. Whether it is a Confucian monarchy, warlordism, fanatically indoctrinated socialist tyranny, or doctrine less social-capitalism, China has experienced a complete political, cultural, and economic revolution on an unprecedented scale.
Beginning with the Emperor's overthrow in 1911, you are guided through a century of ever-unfolding drama where you relive the daily anguish, challenges, stress, corruption, and fears experienced by the Chinese people during the beginning and subsequent years of the communist revolution. Experience the long and short- term effects of communism on their daily lives, with particular emphasis on the various financial, governmental, educational, and cultural programs. In addition, learn about Modern Chinese life since the death of Mao in 1976, and its severe economic challenges that encompass environmental and population areas within this continuing dictatorship.
Learn about the dynamic internal and external personalities that severely impacted the lives of the Chinese people over the last century (whether in a positive or negative way), including Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, Deng Xiaoping, Zhao Ziyang, Lin Shaoqi, Peng Duhuai, Zhao Enlai, Lin Biao, Zhu De, Joseph Stalin, Yang Hucheng, and Joseph Stilwell.
The only thing certain is that the rapid and fundamental changes that have framed the last century in China will continue to gain momentum and evolve; and further change the lives and culture of the Chinese people. Beginning with an understanding and appreciation of their past, pages of Modern China are brought to life with such vibrancy that you will be anxious to share these emotional and challenging years with your students.
a. Obtain a behind the scenes understanding of the transformations and upheavals within China in the last one hundred years that have severely and continuously impacted the lives of every citizen.
b. Learn about the dynamic and diverse personalities that ignited and commandeered the Chinese communist revolution with particular focus on Mao Zedong.
c. Gain an appreciation of the social, political, and cultural legacies of the Chinese people and their cherished civilization before the revolution.
d. Become familiar with the continuous economic, environmental, technological, and political challenges that directly and/or indirectly affect the lives of the people of China.
e. Learn about the ongoing political, military, and economic scandals, failures, and upheavals.
f. Relive harrowing accounts of such events as the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, man-induced famine, and the Tiananmen Square Tragedy that had tremendous impacts on the Chinese people and the world.
g. Learn about Modern China and its educational, technological, and civil rights issues, including the U.S. and other country's perspectives of them.
h. Learn about the many rivalries and resolutions in dealing with various political and military giants within communist China; and in other communist countries
i. Become familiar with the religious, financial, cultural, educational, technological, and political priorities for Modern China's future.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Contemporary World History and Politics
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