Chinese Civilization: An Introduction
East China Normal University
Area of Study
Asian Studies, History, Political Science
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5
Hours & Credits
This is an introductory course to multiple sociocultural aspects of China as an old civilized country undergoing a critical economic and political transition. With the understanding that contemporary Chinese sociocultural issues might be better interpreted and comprehended in the background of China's abundant but complicated tradition, the course mainly covers two parts: the part of tradition and the part of modernity, and tries to build a link between the two through comparison and connection. It starts from a general introduction to some basics of China, with a highlight on the brief depiction of China's history, and is followed by the elaborations on several important topics of China's tradition and culture. In the part of modernity, it focuses on china's political structure and its main function, and a series of social, economic and environmental issues of concern in the process of China’s urbanization, with both general discussion and specific case study.
The course is aimed to present a diversified vision about China's development, selectively raising some key topics concerning China's change in both ideological and material spheres, in the hope of helping students acquire some basic understanding about China and develop some fields to their own interest. Students are required to bring one or two questions about the analyzed topics of China into the class discussion. The Lecture-Discussion method is applied to provide a better understanding of Chinese people and society.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations