China (Part 1): Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists is the first of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly “modules,” each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.
Parts 1-5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol. Parts 6-10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby.
For more information about ChinaX, please visit the ChinaX page.
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An understanding of some of the big picture issues in China’s history from political, geographic, and cultural perspectives.
The beginning of history in archaeology and in myth.
Legitimating the imposition of political authority and justifying rebellion against authority.
The blossoming of Chinese thought: from Confucius in the sixth century BC to the Legalists of the third.
Historical methods for explaining how complex civilizations are formed.
The analysis of texts (in translation) and artifacts.
Methods for the analysis of philosophical and political arguments.
Methods of critical reading to modern scholarship.
To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.
To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.