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Suggested: Six weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: Six 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

MODULE 00: A Critical Cultural History of China - Introduction

This module introduces the key concepts that will be used throughout the course and the basic outlines of Chinese cultural history, starting with the Warring States (481-256 BCE). ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
M00.2 Paradigm Shift15m
M00.3 A Four-Part Course16m
Reading3 readings
Course Overview10m
Course Editorial Conventions5m
Suggested Textbooks5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
M00.1 Definitions6m
M00.2 Paradigm Shift4m
M00.3 A Four-Part Course4m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

MODULE 01: Attack on Shamanism

This module explains why the intellectual elite attacked traditional religious practices like divination and shamanism....
Reading
6 videos (Total 108 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
M01.1.2 Background 213m
M01.2.1 Functions of the wu18m
M01.2.2 The Early Chinese Pantheon31m
M01.2.3 Arguments Against Shamans: The Role of Intellectuals19m
M01.2.4 The Parallel Attack on Diviners12m
Reading4 readings
Readings for M01.1.210m
Readings for M01.2.210m
Readings for M01.2.310m
Readings for M01.2.410m
Quiz6 practice exercises
M01.1.1 Background 14m
M01.1.2 Background 24m
M01.2.1 Functions of the wu6m
M01.2.2 The Early Chinese Pantheon12m
M01.2.3 Arguments Against Shamans: The Role of Intellectuals6m
M01.2.4 The Parallel Attack on Diviners4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

MODULE 02: The Emergence of Self-Cultivation Practice

This module presents two forms of self-cultivation—Confucian and Daoist—that emerged during the Warring States. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 77 min), 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
M02.2 Ethics and Cosmology13m
M02.3.1 The Dao12m
M02.3.2 The heart23m
M02.3.3 Qi, or vital energy, and the Real Person11m
Quiz5 practice exercises
M02.1Confucian Self-Cultivation6m
M02.2 Ethics and Cosmology4m
M02.3.1 The Dao8m
M02.3.2 The heart6m
M02.3.3 Qi, or vital energy, and the Real Person4m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

MODULE 03: The Philosophical Preparation of Political Unity

We are going to learn about the meaning of “transcendence” as seen in the sacrifice to Heaven of the “Son of Heaven” (the king and later the emperor) and in the new cosmology of the Dao (Way) and Qi (vital energy)....
Reading
6 videos (Total 87 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
M03.1.2 The Dao11m
M03.1.3 Transcendence14m
M03.2 The Center13m
M03.3 Confucianism: Ritual and History12m
M03.4 Early Chinese Dualities21m
Reading1 reading
Readings for Module 310m
Quiz6 practice exercises
M03.1.1 The Zhou Sacrifice to Heaven4m
M03.1.2 The Dao2m
M03.1.3 Transcendence4m
M03.2 The Center4m
M03.3 Confucianism: Ritual and History4m
M03.4 Early Chinese Dualities8m
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Top Reviews

By TSDec 1st 2018

Fascinating course on an era of intellectual change .Those Ancient elite literati knew a thing or two about how to use propaganda and ritual.

By FIJul 6th 2018

A challenging but rewarding class. Good instructor. I'd like the instructor to show a outline at the beginning of each module.

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Prof. John Lagerwey

Research Professor
Centre for China Studies

About The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. CUHK graduates are connected worldwide through an expansive alumni network....

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