Course Description
This course is designed to introduce Chinese history to undergraduates with or without prior knowledge in Chinese history. Students are required to think critically the significant historical events and figures in traditional China and how it transformed to modern China.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to
  • comprehend Chinese history from ancient, medieval to modern China, and from tradition to transformation;
  • think critically of the different approaches to the study of Chinese history; and
  • reflect and relate Chinese history to China and the world today.

Teaching Schedule

Sept. 2, 2013
Introduction: the Study of Chinese history ˇV various Schools/approaches: political, intellectual, dynastic, chronological, and socio-economic.
Sept. 9
The Golden Age of Classical Chinese Thoughts: I. Confucianism in Ancient China
Sept. 16 The Golden Age of Classical Chinese Thoughts: II. Taoism and Legalism in Ancient China

Sept. 23

The Great Empires of Chˇ¦in and Han Dynasties
Sept. 30
Mid-term Quiz
Oct. 7
Neo-Taoism, the Coming of Buddhism, the ˇ§Barbarian Invasionˇ¨, and the Reunification of China in the Sui and Tˇ¦ang Dynasties
Oct. 14
Oct. 21
Emperor Tˇ¦ang Tˇ¦ai-tsung and Cosmopolitanism in Tˇ¦ang China
Oct. 28
The Flowering of Chinese Culture and Neo-Confucianism in the Sung Dynasty
Nov. 4
Genghis Khan & the Conquests of the Mongol Empire, Khublai Kahn & the Yuan Dynasty, and Emperors, State, & Society under the Ming Dynasty
Nov. 11
The Rise and Fall of the Manchu/Chˇ¦ing Dynasty
Nov. 18
Chinaˇ¦s Response to the West in the 19th Century and China: from Monarchy to Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Civil Wars, & the Rise of the Peopleˇ¦s Republic of China + Oral Presentation of Individual Final Term Paper I
[*submission of Final Term Paper###]
Nov. 25
Overall Review + Oral Presentation of Individual Final Term Paper II
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