Participation (15%)

Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate actively in class discussion. Marks will be deducted for unexcused absences. To participate in class discussion, please sign up for (or log into) a Top Hat account and join our course (19W-HIST 379/Join Code: 598533).

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Did all the required readings, attended every session, raised and discussed issues; fully engaged with the class. Did most of the readings, came to nearly every session, raised and discussed issues most of the time; engaged with the class. Did some of the readings, came to most of the sessions, remained interested but hardly ever spoke. I came, I heard, but I didn’t really participate in the proceedings.

Reading Responses (25%)

About 400 words (x 8). Due by the end of Mondays (starting September 16 for the readings of Week 3) in anticipation of our weekly discussion. Late submissions will not be accepted. Reading responses are not required for Weeks 7 and 11, and you are expected to submit a total of 8 (thus allowing you to skip a week). Your responses (to be submitted through Turnitin) should answer the question(s) posed under “Focus” in the Schedule section. In your reading responses you should demonstrate your having reflected on the assigned materials and should:

  • identify at least three particularly telling quotations from the weekly primary source(s)  (please note that, for our purpose, the Hansen text and the introduction to the assigned documents are not considered primary sources);
  • provide page references to the quotations—e.g., (Ebrey, “Longing to Recover the North,” p. 170);
  • make use of the quotations to support your answer to the question posed under “Focus.”

Mid-term Conversation (15%)

Individual meeting (20–30 mins.) to be scheduled for the Week of October 15.

Library Assignment (20%)

About 1,500 words. Due at noon on November 12 (through Turnitin; 4 points deducted for each day late). Write a joint book review of two scholarly books on a topic relevant to this course.

  • Step 1: Identify five keywords based on a topic of your own interest (for example, “China,” “Ming dynasty,” “porcelain,” “technology,” “trade”). Search the following catalogs for secondary sources using a combination of your keywords. Identify five of the most authoritative books and locate them (use the Inter-library loan service to locate items not available at UBC). Create a bibliography using one of the standard citation formats. A draft bibliography (with full citation information), along with the list of keywords used, should be submitted through Turnitin by noon, October 14.
  • Step 2: Select two books from your list (one of which could be written in a language other than English) and submit a joint review by noon, November 12. Be sure to:
    • justify your selections;
    • indicate the central arguments of each book;
    • compare and contrast the two works chosen;
    • and explain how the two studies have contributed to a particular historical debate.
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Selections Monographs are exceptionally thoughtfully chosen. Monographs are chosen with some care. Monographs are not particularly well chosen. Logic of selection remains unclear.
Arguments Central arguments of the works are explained with exceptional clarity. Arguments of the works are generally clearly explained. Arguments of the works are not well explained. Arguments of the works are not explained.
Debate Key historical debate is explained with exceptional clarity. Key historical debate is generally clearly explained. Key historical debate is not well explained. Key historical debate is not explained.
Presentation Ideas are organized and presented with exceptional clarity. Ideas are generally well organized and presented. Ideas are not well organized or presented. Ideas lack clarity.

Museum Assignment (5%)

About 500 words. Due at noon on November 29 (through Turnitin; 4 points deducted for each day late). Students are asked to visit the China collection at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology  (or—virtually—the Metropolitan Museum of Art ) and write a short piece juxtaposing one of the objects on display with one they have encountered in this course. Be sure to include in your report the images of the objects chosen.

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Relevance Objects are exceptionally thoughtfully chosen. Objects are chosen with some care. Objects are not well chosen. Logic of selection remains unclear
Discussion Relevance of objects is explained with exceptional clarity. Relevance of objects is generally well explained. Relevance of objects is not clearly explained. Little evidence that the discussion is written with care.

Take Home Examination (20%)

Due at noon on December 10. Essay topic, to be provided, will take into account the full breadth of materials covered in the course.

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Grasp Writer has understood the key ideas of the topic. Writer has understood much of the essence of the topic. Writer has missed crucial aspects of the topic. Writer has missed the important ideas of the topics
Clarity Ideas are especially clear and thoughtfully organized. Ideas are generally clear and well organized. Ideas lack clarity. Ideas are confusing, vague, or disjointed.
Insight Explores significant issues with probing insights; able to think historically. Explores issues competently; some understanding of historical change. Inadequate reflection; limited understanding of historical change. Little evidence that the topic was thought about with care.
Support Arguments are richly supported with effective examples or reasons. Arguments are often supported with relevant examples or reasons. Some relevant examples or reasons; limited use of primary sources. Very few relevant examples or reasons are provided.

Research Paper (40%; Optional)

(in lieu of the library assignment and take-home examination)

About 3,500 words (incl. annotated bibliography). Due at noon on December 10. Topic to be decided in consultation with the instructor. Students interested in this option must submit a proposal by October 1.


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