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Patricia B. Ebrey
HSTAS 456
Seattle Campus

Topics in Chinese Social History

Surveys major issues and approaches to the study of the role of the Chinese people in China's historical development. Historical focus of course varies with instructor. Recommended: either HSTAS 211, HSTAS 452, HSTAS 453, or HSTAS/JSIS A 454. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 456.

Class description

This year this course will concentrate on religious practice and belief as a topic for historical study. We will begin with an examination of the new research on early (pre-Buddhist) Chinese religious ideas and practices, then move on to later developments, including the social and political dimensions of Buddhism, the role of temples in local social and cultural life, and the involvement of both the state and various elites with religious activities. The readings will concentrate on premodern China (up through the Ming).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Some earlier coursework on China.

Class assignments and grading

This course will be run as a seminar, with discussion of assigned reading and research projects. A five page book review, and a fifteen page research paper.

Book review 25% Research paper 50% Class participation 25%


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 Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 11/05/2000