Course Code


Course Name

Selected Themes on Chinese History


Tuesday 10:30am-1:15pm


YIA 503


William Moriarty

Teaching Assistant

WEN Mingrui

Course Description

In the recent resolution on the major achievements and historical experience of the Communist Party of China (CCP) over the past century, the CCP reaffirmed its previous complete renunciation of the Cultural Revolution in 1981. Asserting that the movement was ‘an extremely bitter lesson’, the new resolution asserts that Mao Zedong’s mistakes and the many crimes of Lin Biao and Jiang Qing ‘brought disaster to the country and the people, resulting in ten years of domestic turmoil which caused the Party, the country, and the people to suffer the most serious losses and setbacks since the founding of the People’s Republic’. This class examines the origins, course, and legacy of the Cultural Revolution and attempts to assess the history of the period through the thematic study of primary and secondary sources.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Assessment & Assignments

Attendance and participation (20%)

Essay and In-class Presentation (30%)

Paper (50%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.