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Jeong Won Hyun
HSTAS 452
Seattle Campus

Chinese History from Earliest Times to 1276

Traces the development of Chinese civilization form earliest times through the Song dynasty. Examines social, cultural, political, and economic history.

Class description

This lecture-discussion class will cover Chinese history from the beginning through the Song (960-1276) dynasty, with more time devoted to the later period. Intellectual, social, cultural, and political history will all be treated, though not equally for all periods.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class is lecture-discussion class. About one-third to one-half of the time will be devoted to student-led discussion of assigned readings. Assigned readings for discussion are both the primary and the secondary sources.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on two exams (20% each, mostly identifications and short answer questions), one five to six-page essay/take home examination (20%), one five to six-page book review (20%) plus active participation in the discussions (20%).

Class attendance and participation. At the end of each lecture you will be asked to briefly answer two questions, one on the main point of the lecture and one about the content of the readings. You will also be asked to lead one of the discussions of primary and secondary sources as part of a small team of students.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jeong Won Hyun
Date: 09/09/2008