Alan T Wood
History of traditional China from earliest times to the beginning of the Qing dynasty. Covers the birth and development of the principal social, economic, and political institutions in China. Also treats the principal cultural and scientific achievements of China, and the philosophical traditions which have dominated East Asia.
Within a short time China will become the largest economy in the world and a major political and military power. This course will help students understand the internal and external factors that have shaped China from earliest times to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Student learning goals
Familiarity with the principal characteristics of traditional Chinese history
General method of instruction
There will be lectures, discussion, and occasional videos.
Read widely in journals, such as the Economist, that discuss public issues.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a map quiz, an annotated bibliography, a paper, two written exams, and an oral presentation.
The final grade will be based on a map quiz (10 percent), mid-term exam (20 percent), final exam (20 percent), three-page annotated bibliography (20 percent), five-page paper (20 percent), and an oral presentation (10 percent).