Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3313 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Medieval China

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 the decline of the Han dynasty through the period of disunion and reunification under Sui and Tang dynasties, focusing on political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural developments of China's Medieval age.

Required Texts:

Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0521124336.

Wu Fusheng. Written at Imperial Command. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780791473702.

Schafer, Edward. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963. ISBN: 0520054628.

DeBlasi, Anthony. Reform in the Balance. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. ISBN: 0791454363.

Additional readings to be distributed via eLearning (or whatever it's called this semester).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly primary source readings and analysis papers.
Weekly in-class writing assignments.
Book and Article captures.
Research Paper.
Final exam portfolio and essays.

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