History taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying History at university.


Confucianism and China’s Last Dynasty

Year 12, Year 13, A Level, BTEC

When: Monday 15 November 2021, 3:45pm - 5:15pm

Places are limited, book now to avoid disappointment.

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Please be advised that bookings for all taster sessions will close at 10am the day before the session, or earlier if the session becomes fully-booked. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you are a teacher, please encourage your pupils to book individually.

In 1968, Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution as a means to eradicate what he saw as vestiges of feudalism in China. Chief among his targets was Confucianism, an ancient philosophy that dates back to 500 BC. For Mao, Confucianism held back China’s path to communism through the worship of tradition. Yet, since he came to power, President Xi Jinping has sought to rejuvenate this ethic in China. What is Confucianism? And what has been its role in Chinese society? And why does it remain attractive to Chinese leaders today? In this lecture, we will explore the main tenets of this ancient philosophy, and consider how it sustained dynasties - particularly the Qing Empire, China’s last imperial rulers - until the early twentieth century. Perhaps, I argue, it was Confucianism’s power to confer longevity that is key to its contemporary appeal.  


3:45pm Log in and get comfortable
3:55pm Welcome and introduction to the department 
4:05pm Taster Lecture - Tehyun Ma 'Confucianism and China’s Last Dynasty'


Q & A on the taster lecture
5:00pm Q & A on what it's like to study History as an undergraduate at Sheffield

Historicising Multiculturalism: South Asian Migration to Britain

Year 12, Year 13, A Level, BTEC

When: Monday 22 November 2021 3:30 - 5:00pm 

Places are limited, book now to avoid disappointment.

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Professor Lambert-Hurley's talk will explore how and why South Asians came to Britain in the colonial period, using a range of short texts and images to introduce the topic.  


3:30pm Log in and get comfortable
3:45pm Introduction to the history department and an overview of our courses
3:55pm Taster lecture - Siobhan Lambert-Hurley 'Historicising Multiculturalism: South Asian Migration to Britain'


Q&A on the taster lecture and on History courses at Sheffield

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