Britain and China - Course Outline

Core Module:
British History
Core Module:
British Culture &
Literature
Special Subject:
Sino-British
Relations
Culture &
Literature
Field Trip
Week 1 The origins of the English state: Power and crisis in late Anglo-Saxon England Pre-Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture Medieval meetings, encounters and views of each other. The marvels of the East and Western reports The Ashmolean Museum
Week 2 1066: The coming of the Normans and the remaking of Britain The cultural impact of the Norman Conquest Hopes and Fears: Opening new contacts in the seventeenth and eighteenth century Oxford Castle
Week 3 The Age of Magna Carta Early Middle English literature and Culture; A trilingual world Archaeology, china, and tea: ships and shipping Merton College and the Old Library
Core Module:
British History
Core Module:
British Culture &
Literature
Special Subject:
Sino-British
Relations
Culture &
Literature
Field Trip
Week 4 The Crisis of the Fourteenth Century The Golden Age? Ricardian Literature Opium and missionaries: exploitation and addiction Magdalen College and the Old Library
Week 5 The protestant reformation and the Tudor State Reformation and religious controversy in culture Legations exchanged: their significance Christ Church and Cathedral
Week 6 The Union of the Crowns, the Stuarts and the British Wars Shakespeare and his World. The remarkable story of Hong Kong Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace
Week 7 Parliament triumphant? British politics and society in the Age of Industrialisation From Austen to the Brontes: writing women of the 18th-early 19th century Great Power Rivalries, the Boxer rebellion, and Sun Yat-sen St John’s College (and the Old Library) and Trinity
Core Module:
British History
Core Module:
British Culture &
Literature
Special Subject:
Sino-British
Relations
Culture &
Literature
Field Trip
Week 8 The rise and fall of the British Empire Oxford, Britain, and Empire: The Limits of Fantasy? ‘Coolies’; World War I The Natural History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum
Week 9 1914-1945 The Inklings and the Great Wars East Asian imperial clashes in the 1920s and 1930s The History of Science Museum
Week 10 The age of the welfare state? British politics from 1945-2000 Into the 21st century China and Britain in the modern world: Communism, trade, and democracy Balliol College