- Code ASIA2203
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
The course examines the archaeological evidence for broad-scale cultural and social developments in China from the time of arrival of modern humans (ca. 40,000 years before present) through the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220). Specific topics include: the nature of early hunting and gathering societies; the emergence of plant and animal domestication; the development of metallurgy and the roles of agriculture, technology, trade and warfare in the rise of advanced civilisation during the Shang and Zhou periods; innovation and competition among the Eastern Zhou states; the significance of ancient texts; the unification of China under the First Emperor; and continuing political, intellectual and artistic achievements during the 400-year-long Han Dynasty.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss major research issues in Chinese archaeology;
- Critique the portrayals of Chinese archaeology in history in academic literature;
- Discuss the processes and impacts of major cultural events and developments in China during the range of approximately 40,000 BC through AD 220;
- Apply this information toward understanding the role of China and Asia in world history; and
- Communicate knowledge of Chinese archaeology to general audiences.
- One or two essays (4000 words), a learning journal (1000 words) or a final examination, and tutorial participation. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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32 contact hours per semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Two ASIA coded courses amongst prerequisites.
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