HIS f306N • Introduction to China
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Geographically, linguistically, ethnically, and economically, China today is a land of diversity, characterized by striking regional variations. Yet underlying this diversity is a shared cultural heritage: A unifying set of historical, literary, and artistic traditions; philosophical and religious ideas; political institutions; and a common writing system. This course introduces the study of Chinese society and culture through an examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization.
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.
Available at the Co-op bookstore for purchase; also on reserve at UGL) Patricia Ebrey, THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CHINA, Cambridge, 1999 Cao Xueqin, THE STORY OF THE STONE, vol. 1, Penguin, 1973 Jonathan Spence, THE DEATH OF WOMAN WANG, Viking Press, 1978 Reader compiled by the instructor (available for purchase at Paradigm, 24 street and Guadalupe); also on reserve at UGL)