- Code ASIA2203
- Unit Value 6 units
The course examines the archaeological evidence for broad scale cultural and social developments in China from the earliest evidence for the arrival of modern humans through to the Han Dynasty. Topics covered include the nature of early hunting and gathering societies, the emergence of agriculture, the development of metallurgy and the roles of agriculture, technology, trade and warfare in the rise of advanced civilization during the Shang and Zhou periods; innovation and competition among the states; the significance of recent archaeologically-recovered texts; the unification of China under the First Emperor; and the continuing influence of political, intellectual and artistic achievements of the 400 year-long Han Dynasty.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Understand key concepts in Asian Studies and Chinese Archaelogy, Prehistory and History
· Acquire a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and one’s society
· Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical example
· Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
· Learn to think critically
· Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument
· Develop skills in synthesising and contextualizing new information
· Develop skills to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Chinese
· Develop an ability to work in cooperative groups on key issues in Asian Studies and communicate findings to other course members
One or two essays (4000 words), a learning journal (1000 words) or a final examination, and tutorial participation.
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32 contact hours per semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Watson, Burton, Early Chinese Literature, Columbia UP, 1962;
Mote, F.W., Intellectual Foundations of China, 2nd ed., Princeton UP, 1989.
Two ASIA coded courses amongst prerequisites.
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3366||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|