Starting Monday, Dec 2nd -
East Asia & The West: 1750-1919

About East Asia & The West: 1750-1919
We will learn about a period of rapid change through pivotal events of the era: Western incursions, the Opium War, the Meiji Restoration, the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars, the experience of Korea and Vietnam as colonies of East Asian and Western powers, respectively, and the transformative events of the May 4th Movement in China after WWI. We will also consider new economic theories that challenge conventional presentations of "China vs. the West" and provide new perspectives on ascent of China as a major world power.

Dec 2, 2013-February 28, 2014

5 Sessions/10 Weeks (w/ 3 Week Holiday Break)

Faculty: Harold Tanner, University of North Texas 
Register Here!

Session Breakdown 

Dec 2-13:
China and the West: New Economic Perspectives 


Jan 6-17:
The Opium War and China's Reaction to the West 


Jan 20-31:
The Meiji Restoration: Cause and Consequences and Meiji Japan  


Feb 3-14:
Sino-Japanese War; Russo-Japanese War - Causes, Consequences, Implications 


Feb 17-28:
Korea and The West; Korea and Japan; Vietnam and The West


About Our 2013-2014 Series

In this 5-part series presented by NCTA and AFE, 2 intensive two-week courses took place in the summer and the remaining 3 are each spread out over 10 weeks during the school year. Each offers 15 professional development hours. 
These are stand alone courses and you can register for any of them or take part in all of them for a broad overview of the histories of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. The lead specialist for the courses is Professor Harold Tanner of the University of North Texas.

Participation is all on-line and you may set your own schedule. The courses draw from materials on the AFE website (, providing an opportunity to become familiar with the classroom resources and primary source materials on the site.
Review the entire series here or look at each course at the links on the right. You will be asked to register on the site, if you have not already done so. (Registration is free.)

How the Courses Work 

- Sign up for any of the courses online (none is a prerequisite for the others).


- Expect to spend 15 hours per course (about 3 hours per session) perusing the materials assigned (video presentations, materials on the AFE website and your own history texts).  


- Post twice for each session to an online discussion of the material.  


- To earn professional development hours, complete and send your "teaching reflections" within two weeks of the conclusion of each course you take.*


About Professor Tanner

Dr. Harold Tanner is Professor of History at University of North Texas and a specialist on modern China. He holds doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of the well received textbook, China: A History (on the recommended reading for this series). His most recent book  is The Battle for Manchuria and the Fate of China: Siping, 1946. He is also the former director of the NCTA site at University of North Texas and has led numerous study tours to China for NCTA. 

Required Texts

Readings will primarily draw on the Asia for Educators website, ( Participants are also expected to have at minimum one General East Asia text and one World History text. Recommendations can be found on course registration pages.


This series is possible with the generous support of the Freeman Foundation.

*Professional Development hours are available for teachers in all states. Teachers in the states of the NCTA region AFE serves (AR, FL, GA, KS, MS, NJ, NY, NC, ND, NV, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX) can apply these hours towards the 30 required in applying for a NCTA sponsored study tour.




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Why is this program free?
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation as a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. 


NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia. Asia for Educators (AFE) also receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education and from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership for simulcast programs on Japan and East Asia.

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Dec 2-Feb 28 Course IV

East Asia & the West:


CIV Mission
Register for any course, they do not have to be taken as a series.
All courses are free.
Courses are broken down into sessions. For each session participants should spend about 3 hours perusing the course materials and posting twice to an online discussion.

Professional development certificates available, 15 hours for each completed course.

The majority of readings and video presentations are assigned as links to the AFE website, but participants should also purchase/use additional textbooks.
*Please note: You will be required to first create a Moodle account and verify the account by email.If you already have a Moodle account, just sign in when prompted.