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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2006

ANS 302C • Introduction to China

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31095 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
UTC 1.116

Course Description

This course introduces the study of Chinese society and culture through tan examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization. Topics include philosophy and religion; cosmology and the life cycle; literature and arts; science, technology and medicine; power and authority; gender ethnicity and cultural identity.

As it emerges from almost four decades of Communist regime, China is today slowly experimenting with new forms of society and economy. As the economic interests increasingly outweigh ideological differences in the global marketplace, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the ethnic Chinese family networks spread out across five continents are in the process of producing a "China" and a "Chinese" identity that is as much about Daoist meditation and filial piety as it is color TV and flashy karaoke discos, as well as the return of traditional social and religious ritual observances. This course provides a foundation for continued study of Chinese history and society for students who plan to go on to more specialized, upper-division courses including Chinese anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, economics, law, policy, international business, art history, architecture, environmental science, and philosophy.

Grading Policy

Class participation 10% 4 in-class quizzes 10% ea. Mid-term 25% Final 25%


Patricia Ebrey, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone, vol.1 Jonathan Spance, The Death of the Woman Wang Reader compiled by the instructor (available for purchase at Paradigm (24th/Guadalupe); also on reserve at UGL


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