Town and Country in China and the West

Subject HIST30070 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Nov-2015 to 19-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 13-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Dec-2015
Census Date 18-Dec-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 15-Jan-2016

Taught on site in Nanjing

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught in intensive mode on site in Nanjing from 21 November (arrival date) (subject begins 21 November) to 13 December (return date) 2015: 12 x 3-hour seminar/workshops; 8 x 3-hour site visits; 4 full-day excursions.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

General historical knowledge of China will be an advantage.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Antonia Finnane


Prof Antonia Finnane

Subject Overview:

This subject involves the study of urbanisation and urban phenomena in history from a comparative perspective, with a focus on similarities and contrasts between China and the West, and attention to changing urban-rural relations and contrasts over time. The subject will be taught over a period of three weeks at Nanjing University, with the possible exception of three to four days spent at other urban sites. Lectures and discussion informed by reading will be accompanied by visits to historical sites, museums, and theme parks, allowing students to develop a first-hand acquaintance with Chinese history in practice, particularly in respect of the attention paid to town and country, past and present. The subject will be team-taught by staff from the University of Melbourne, with involvement where feasible by staff at Nanjing University.

NOTE: There are a limited number of places available in this subject, and students will be selected through an application process. Financial support may be available for students taking this subject. The application process is available from the subject coordinator. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from the subject coordinator in March 2014. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment records for the correct census date for this subject.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to

  • describe the patterns and trends in urban development, Chinese and Westers, historically and in contemporary times;
  • demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse primary and secondary materials, textual and visual, in reflecting on historical change in urban contexts;
  • reflect critically on spatial, political, social and economic aspects of urban life in different hisotrical contexts;
  • demonstrate competence in researching a problem in Chinese urban history, especially in comparative perspective;
  • through oral and written work, in collaborative class presentations and individual projects, demonstrate familiarity with urban forms in China and the West and describe how they have changed over time;
  • inquire into, analyse and evaluate accounts of urban hisotry with reference in particular to conventional differentiation of Eastern and Western patterns of economic and political change;
  • evaluate meanings attributed to town and country in different cultural-historical contexts, and how these have changed over time.

Comparative urban histories book review 1000 words, 10% (due 29 October 2015 ), site reports equivalent to 2000 words, 25% (due 13 December 2015), comparative history reflective essay 2000 words, 25% (due 15 Janaury 2016) and a research essay or project 3000 words, 40% (due 15 February, 2016)

Hurdle Requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

There are a limited number of places available in this subject, and students will be selected through an application process. Students wishing to take the subject should send an expression of interest to the subject coordinator with a statement of academic results, by email. Itinerary and travel arrangements will be made available to students at a briefing meeting following the selection process. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment records for the correct census date for this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History

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