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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Essentials of Chinese Confucian Thought

Confucian culture is the cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture. In this segment, we introduce the three basic concepts of Confucian culture: Li or ritual etiquette, Ren or benevolence, and Tao. In the Confucian view, the variety of practiced rituals maintains the balance of society. Benevolence is the core of the ritual because only with benevolence one can truly observe li. Tao is the natural laws or order of the universe. One has to research the objective universe genuinely, to find those natural laws, and then use what was found to structure the human world. All these elements make the benevolence great....
Reading
3 videos (Total 18 min), 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Benevolence5m
Tao4m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz on Rituals4m
Quiz on Benevolence (True/False)4m
Quiz on Tao4m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Essentials of Chinese Painting

In this unit, we introduce the world of Chinese painting, which is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. We discuss three important features that make Chinese art of painting unique and different from the Western painting. We also analyze the possible philosophical reasons lying behind that difference. By the end of the unit, one will know things like why Chinese paintings are usually not framed and without many colors, or why Chinese people when drawing might prefer having more than one artistic perspective, as well as other aspects of Chinese art....
Reading
3 videos (Total 25 min), 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Chinese Paintings of Black and White9m
Are Chinese Paintings a kind of Abstract Art?5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz on un-framed Chinese Paintings4m
Quiz on Black and White Chinese Painting4m
Quiz on Are Chinese Paintings a kind of Abstract Art?4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Essentials of Chinese Music

This unit mainly focuses on three topics of Chinese music culture which are the origin and essence of the Chinese musical style, Confucian effect on the understanding of traditional Chinese music and Contemporary Chinese music development under the influence of western music. It is hoped that after completing this unit, students could feel and realize the uniqueness of Chinese traditional music, and have an overall understanding of the development of Chinese music culture....
Reading
3 videos (Total 21 min), 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Chinese Traditional Thought of Music5m
Popular Music in Modern and Contemporary China9m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz on Essence of Chinese Music4m
Quiz on Chinese Traditional Thought of Music4m
Quiz on Popular Music in Modern and Contemporary China4m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Essentials of Chinese Costume

With a large variety of clothes and accessories, from the dragon robe of emperor to the humble clothes of common people, Chinese traditional costumes show the beauty of the material world. It’s also related to the social classes, feudal ethics and traditional philosophies. This unit centers on three major questions, trying to show specific details of the splendid costumes as well as explaining the cultural implication, such as the ranks of imperial court, the customs of weddings and funerals, the gender issue in Tang dynasty, etc....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
How Costume Reflected Woman's rights?4m
Chinese-Red and its Opposite4m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz on Chinese Traditional Costume and Social Status4m
Quiz on Costume and Woman's rights4m
Quiz on Chinese Red and its Opposite4m

Instructors

程爱民

Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

张斌

Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

杨居柳

Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

敖雪岗

Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

About Nanjing University

Nanjing University (NJU) is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Located on the prosperous eastern coast of China, NJU provides a dynamic environment that nurtures learning, creativity, and discovery on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Taking NJU's university offerings on Coursera will be a rewarding experience for learners from every corner of the world....

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