Summer 2014 - Graduate Course Description
Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6348 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
Thought in Early China

Description of Course:

This course will introduce the major thinkers of China's axial age, the Eastern Zhou dynasty (ca. 771--221 BCE) through close reading of their (purported) writings and examination of modern scholarship on these figures, texts, and schools of thought.

The course presupposes no background knowledge in the history of China, and is geared toward future teachers of world history.

It is the objective of this seminar that students will understand key issues in the history of early Chinese thought, work carefully with the primary documents related to these issues (in English translation), and see how modern scholars approach the historical problems of thought in early China; all with the aim of incorporating this learning into a world history curriculum.

Required Texts:

Required Textbooks and Materials:

Van Norden, Bryan. Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781603844680

Ivanhoe, Philip J. and Bryan W. Van Norden. Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 0872207803.

Crump, J.I. Legends of the Warring States. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1998. ISBN: 9780892641291

Additional Required Materials Distributed via eLearning:

Wineburg, Sam. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts; On the Reading of Historical Texts

Recommended Readings:

For students who have little background in the general history of premodern China, it is strongly recommended that you read the following suggested texts (on reserve at McDermott Library):

Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [ISBN: 0521124336]. Especially Chapters 1–2.

Gernet, Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521497817]. Especially Part I.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Regular attendance and participation.
Primary source analysis essays.
In-class presentations.
Final paper/project.

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