China: Past and Present (IR409) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
China: Past and Present IR409 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Observation Case Study.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Nilgün Eliküçük Yıldırım
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims to equip students with an comprehensive knowledge avot the history, culture and politics of China.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Evaluate China's policies on human rights within the framework of its international image.
  • Handle the political and economic relations between China and USA.
  • Define China's position in world politics.
Course Content A chronological overview of the Chinese dynasties; the development of Chinese civilization throughout history; the 20th century history of China.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 A General Introduction to the Course None
2 The Origins of Chinese Civilization Ebrey, Chapter 1
3 Philosophical Foundations: Eastern Zhou Period Ebrey, Chapter 2
4 The Creation of the Bureaucratic Empire: The Qin and Han Dynasties Ebrey Chapter 3
5 Buddhism, Aristocracy and Alien Rulers: The Age of Division Ebrey Chapter 4
6 A Cosmopolitan Empire: Tang Dynasty Ebrey Chapter 5
7 Shifting South: The Song Dynasty Ebrey, Chapter 6
8 Alien Rule: The Liao, Jin and Yuan Dynasties Ebrey, Chapter 7
9 Midterm Exam None
10 The Limits of Autocracy: The Ming Dynasty Ebrey, Chapter 8
11 Manchus and Imperialism: The Qing Dynasty Ebrey, Chapter 9
12 Radical Reunification: The People's Republic Ebrey, Chapter 11
13 The Legacies of the Maoist Era and the Rise of Deng Xiaoping Meisner, Chapters 21 and 22
14 Opening to the World: China Since 1976 Ebrey, Chapter 12
15 Market Economy, Capitalism and the end of Deng Era Meisner, Chapters 23 and 25
16 Final Exam None


Course Book 1. Patricia Bucley Ebrey. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
2. Maurice Meisner. Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic. New York: The Free Press, 1999.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 60
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Acquiring the skills of understanding, explaining, and using the fundamental concepts and methodology of international relations X
2 Acquiring the skills of analyzing international relations from a theoretical level X
3 Having adequate knowledge about history of international relations and being able to analyze historical processes, events and international actors X
4 Acquiring the ability to make logical interpretations about the contemporary either global, regional or national actors and their future positions X
5 Acquiring the ability to have an interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes other disciplines to IR X
6 Developing necessary quantitative and qualitative research skills in International Relations X
7 Having ability to express herself/himself with regard to disciplinary issues X
8 Having the ability of reaching relevant sources and knowing the way she/he uses particular knowledge X
9 Having the ability of analytical thinking, critical analysis and developing rational argument X
10 Being able to use English for everyday conversations as well as in an advanced level for professional purposes. X
11 Having a responsible perspective in parallel with ethical principles and having necessary knowledge about ethical liability. X
12 Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, accessing information, following contemporary events and developments in scientific community and having the ability of renewing herself/himself in accordance with it. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 15 15
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 125