Rising powers: China
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HPC102
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The aim of this course is to give students the key elements to understand how, after a century of humiliation and shame and the turmoil of the Mao years, China re-emerged as a leading power and what this means for China itself and the world. Through the study of its recent history, some of the instruments of that power, China’s relations with the rest of the world, as well as the challenges Beijing faces both at home and abroad, students will gain deeper knowledge about this fascinating country and today’s world.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Historical background
- A century of humiliation and shame
- The rise of the Communists
- China under Mao Zedong
- The post-Mao reforms
- Xi Jinping’s China
- China’s growing power
- The transformation of an economic powerhouse
- China’s growing military capacity
- Chinese soft power
- China and the world
- The Belt and Road Initiative
- China and the developing world: partner or hegemon?
- Tensions with the West
- China’s internal issues.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss constructively the importance of “the century of shame and humiliation” in Chinese memory
- Explain some of the key economic reforms introduced since the late 1970s
- Assess the capacity of the People’s Liberation Army
- Discuss constructively the relations between China and its Asian neighbours
- Assess the domestic problems China faces.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some background knowledge about China and global affairs would be useful but is not essential. A good standard of English is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a combination of lectures, backed by PowerPoint presentations, and discussions in large and small groups. Material to prepare the discussions will be available on the course website.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and paper will be useful for making notes.
Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish.
This is not an exam course.
There are no extra costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Keep an eye on our expanding Chinese history area, or look at HPC43 - Rising Powers: Brazil for an exploration of another rising world power.
After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.