Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Chinese civilization, like its Greek and Roman counterparts in the Mediterranean, is both ancient and far-reaching, influencing the political, economic, social, intellectual, religious, and cultural systems of a hemisphere for over five thousand years. Traditional Chinese civilization coalesced around the turn of the Common Era, reached its zenith during the mid-eighth century, and then began its descent into the early modern world.
This course will examine the history of Chinese civilization from its neolithic beginnings to the end of the third century of the common era, focusing on political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments of China's axial age (the late Zhou dynasty) and first great empire (the Han dynasty).
ALL BOOKS REQUIRED
Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0521124336.
Chang, K.C. Art, Myth, and Ritual: The Path to Political Authority in Ancient China. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN: 067404083.
Ivanhoe, Philip J. and Bryan W. Van Norden. Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 0872207803.
Watson, Burton, trans. The Tso Chuan: Selections from China's Oldest Narrative History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0231067151.
Durrant, Stephen W. The Cloudy Mirror: Tension and Conflict in the Writings of Sima Qian. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. ISBN: 0791426564.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN CLASS AND/OR VIA ELEARNING.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Heavy reading and discussion requirements.
Weekly source essays (homework), in-class essays.
Final research paper.