• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Non Language Asian Studies, History

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Assessment

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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Preliminary Reading

Watson, Burton, Early Chinese Literature, Columbia UP, 1962;

Mote, F.W., Intellectual Foundations of China, 2nd ed., Princeton UP, 1989.

Assumed Knowledge

Two ASIA coded courses amongst prerequisites.




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
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2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

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

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