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Patricia B. Ebrey
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 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

Recommended preparation

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


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 Patricia B. Ebrey
Date: 10/29/2012