Patricia B. Ebrey
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.
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
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%