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.
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.
Introduction: The Study of Chinese History
Confucianism in Ancient China
The First Emperor and the "Great Unity"
Han Dynasty and the Silk Road
From Disunity to Reunification: Southern & Northern Dynasties
The "Golden Era" of Tang China
Chinese Culture and Neo-Confucianism in the Song Dynasty