History (HIST) 381

Modern China (Revision 1)

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Permanently closed, effective May 10, 2018

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with video component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: GLST 307 or HIST 307 is recommended.

Precluded Course: GLST 381, GLST 377 and HIST 377. (HIST 381 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—GLST 381. HIST 381 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for GLST 381, GLST 377 or HIST 377).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 381 has a Challenge for Credit option.


The study of modern China is important because of China’s great size, population, and global impact in world trade and politics. Moreover, recent Chinese history is of direct relevance to the story of Canadian immigration and to the Chinese.


  • Unit 1: Late Imperial China and the Collapse of the Qing Dynasty
  • Unit 2: Nationalist Revolution, Warlordism, Cultural Renaissance, 1905–28
  • Unit 3: The Nationalists (Guomindang) and Communists (CCP): United Fronts and Civil War, 1921–49
  • Unit 4: China under Mao: Mass Campaigns and Cultural Revolution, 1949–76
  • Unit 5: China under Deng Xiaoping: Open Door and Economic Reform, 1976–97
  • Unit 6: Minorities and the Other Chinas


To receive credit for HIST 381, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the final examination and a course composite grade of at least “D“ (50 percent).

Essay 1:
Skit/Essay Assignment
Essay 2:
Research Essay
Final Examination Total
25% 35% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. 3rd. ed. New York: Norton, 2012.

Other materials

The course materials include a supplementary materials list and a 3-disk set-China: A Century of Revolution. All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HIST 381 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, November 18, 2009.

Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services