• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This is an introductory survey course on Chinese philosophy. It covers the period from early Confucian and Daoist thought through to Chinese philosophy in the modern China, with a focus on the classical period. The course looks at the representative schools, their main thinkers and writings, and the ideas they developed. An understanding of the foundations of Chinese thought helps us to make explicit and self-conscious some of the radically different assumptions of our own intellectual traditions. It also provides background knowledge crucial to an informed understanding of many developments in modern and contemporary China.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate through analysis and critical reflection an understanding of the key concepts in Chinese and East Asian philosophy and religion;
2. Acquire knowledge of philosophical thought developed in Chinese historical contexts;
3. Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical examples drawn from textual analysis;
4. Compare philosophical thought developed in Chinese contexts meaningfully with that of other intellectual traditions;
5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving philosophical problems, individually and in groups;
6. Identify and distinguish the source materials and tools necessary for engagement with Chinese philosophical thinking of various eras.


Indicative Assessment

2 Tutorial handouts (approx 2 pages) - total 20%
2 Tutorial papers (min. 1,000 words) - total 30%
Research Essay (5,000 words) - 50%



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Workload

Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

An anthology (or 'brick') of readings compiled by the course lecturer. Supplementary materials will be handed out in class and students are provided with a bibliography

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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