Britain and China - Modules

Module 1: British History

In this module, students receive two lectures and one tutorial per week on the political, economic, and social history of the British Isles since 1066, considering why the British polity has developed its unusual forms, structures, and rituals.

Why does Britain have a constitutional monarchy? Why has London become one of the great cities of the west? How did Britain gain and lose an empire? Why are the politics of Northern Ireland so important?

The British History module will answer these key questions, and many more. This module is delivered by the Director of Greene’s Institute, Dr Daniel Gerrard.

Module 2: British Culture and Literature

The classroom component (weekly lectures and seminars) of this module explore British literature from the middle ages to the 21st century. Meanwhile, a programme of field trips allows students to explore the broader cultural and artistic contexts through objects such as manuscripts and paintings, and their architectural settings.

Where possible, parallels are drawn between Western European and Chinese culture, resulting in a final project done by the students of translating an excerpt from an iconic English literary work, discussing the cultural and translation challenges they represent - and possible ways of resolving them. This module is delivered by the Deputy Director of Greene’s Institute, Dr Juliana Dresvina.

Module 3: Sino-British Relations

This represents one of the most fascinating and fluctuating areas of international relations in world history from the Middle Ages to today. There are many reasons for this – some may be philosophical and religious, some directly commercial and cultural, others about the misunderstandings and rivalries of profoundly differently civilizational roots.

From the court of Genghis Khan to the issues in Hong Kong today, from the rumours about ‘Pekin’ to the Huawei technology disputes, this is a tale of international relations and serious events and themes, which belie the distance in geography between two powerful countries. Both of these have, and are, deeply affecting the patterns of development of many other countries – and of each other. The interactions between the British and Chinese matter in world history, profoundly. They repay close study.

This module is delivered by an expert on international relations, Mr Christopher Barder.