Patricia B. Ebrey
Methods and materials for research in early imperial Chinese history. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of classical Chinese; recommended: either HSTAS 452, HSTAS 550, HSTAS 551, or equivalent.
The goal of this course is to give students a practical knowledge of the primary sources for the study of Chinease history, with most examples drawn from the Song dynasty. The uses and limitations of different types of sources (letters, gazatteers, biographies, genealogies, inscriptions, government documents, and so on) will be discussed.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
discussion and presentations
Reading knowledge of classical Chinese.
Class assignments and grading
There will be homework assignments each week involving the examination of various types of historical sources. Each student will also complete a project and present it in class. Depending on students' interests and language ability, the projects can range from annotated translations of a source to study of a text or preperation of an annotated bibliography of the primary sources on a topic.
Projects and participation will both count toward the grade