Patricia B. Ebrey
Traces the development of Chinese civilization form earliest times through the Song dynasty. Examines social, cultural, political, and economic history.
This class covers Chinese history from the beginning through the Song period, with particular emphasis on the Tang and Song periods (618-1276). Intellectual, social, cultural, and political history will all be treated, though not equally for all periods.
Student learning goals
Cultural literacy: A knowledge of the basic facts and key individuals of Chinese history needed to understand the readings and make intelligent discussion possib
Historical analysis: Thinking like an historian. Through individual readings and in-class discussions of course materials, students will practice the skills of historical analysis. This involves thinking about intentions of authors, their methodologies, their intended audience, the ways in which history has been usedóboth in the past and in the present.
Persuasive writing: Writing intelligently and persuasively on historical issues. Knowing how to cite evidence to support an argument in a convincing manner.
General method of instruction
lecture and discussion
HSTAS 211, or a prior course on China.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include substantial readings, discussion of readings in class, an essay, a mid-term and a final exam.
tests, papers, and participation