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Bachelor 2021/2022

Intellectual Change in Early China: Warring States and Han

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Asian and African Studies)
Area of studies: Asian and African Studies
When: 2 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: everyone
Instructors: Dmitry Khudyakov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

'Intellectual Change in Early China: Warring States and Han' is an online course available on platform 'Coursera': https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-change-early-china-the-warring-states-han . The course will cover the periods of the Warring States (481-256 BCE) and the Period of Division (220-589 CE), with a brief excursion into the Han (206 BCE-220 CE). The Warring States laid the social and cultural foundations for the emergence of the imperial mode of rationality; the Period of Division saw the Buddhist “conquest” of China and the emergence of a rationality defined by the opposition of the Three Teachings to shamanism, that is, of a clear contrast between elite and popular culture.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The students' mastery of knowledge about the periods of warring states (481-256 BC) and the period of the division (220-589 BC), with a brief excursion to Khan (206 BC A.D.-220 A.D.).
  • Understanding the main points of cultural facts and artifacts - thought, literature, ritual - in connection with a change in social, political and economic systems.
  • The formation of an idea of a paradigm shift from one rationality regime to another.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Оperates knowledge about the basic concepts of the course and the basic outline of the history of Chinese culture.
  • Formulates the reasons why the intellectual elite attacked traditional religious practices.
  • Gets acquainted with the ideas of Confucian and Taoist.
  • Operates knowledge about the philosophical preparation of political unity.
  • Gains knowledge about the history of the local and imperial religion in the Han Dynasty.
  • Describes the content of the new theory of healing, based on the cosmology of Tao and Qi, preceding the political and social crisis.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Familiarization with the structure of the course.
  • Theme 1: A Critical Cultural History of China - Introduction
    Familiarity with the basic concepts that will be used throughout the course, and the basic outline of the history of Chinese culture, starting with the warring states (481-256 BC).
  • Theme 2: Attack on Shamanism
    Why did the intellectual elite attack traditional religious practices such as fortune telling and shamanism.
  • Theme 3: The Emergence of Self-Cultivation Practice
    Acquaintance with the ideas of two forms of self-improvement - Confucian and Taoist, which arose during the warring states.
  • Theme 4: The Philosophical Preparation of Political Unity
    The meaning of "transcendence": the sacrifice to Heaven of the "Son of Heaven" (king, and then the emperor) and in the new cosmology of Tao (Way) and Qi (vital energy).
  • Theme 5: Han Religion
    The history of the local and imperial religion in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 BC).
  • Theme 6: Changing Theories of Illness
    Familiarity with the main content of the new theory of healing, based on the cosmology of Tao and Qi, preceding the political and social crisis of the second century AD, paved the way for the return of ideas about the disease caused by demons.
  • final lesson
    the last lesson of the course is devoted to assigning grades based on the results of passing the tests of the online course
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 1
  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 2
  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 3
  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 4
  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 5
  • non-blocking Successful completing of the online courses: Test 6
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.17 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 1 + 0.17 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 2 + 0.165 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 3 + 0.165 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 4 + 0.165 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 5 + 0.165 * Successful completing of the online courses: Test 6
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Rosker, J. S., & Suhadolnik, N. V. (2013). Modernisation of Chinese Culture : Continuity and Change. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=860091
  • Tang, Y. (2015). Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese Culture. Heidelberg: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=948225
  • 许国彬, 陈彦辉, 许莲华, 陈开举, Xiong, X., & Wu, W. (2018). Introduction to Chinese Culture : Cultural History, Arts, Festivals and Rituals. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1743521

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Modernisation of Chinese Culture: Continuity and Change, edited by Jana S. Rošker, and Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik, Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1800453.