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CHNS3642 - Governing China: The Premodern Heritage
Semester 1, 2014 | Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Esther Klein
How did premodern Chinese governments keep their realms well-organised without computers? What kinds of problem did rulers and their advisors identify, and how did they propose to deal with them? In this unit of study we shall explore how premodern Chinese statesmen and political philosophers drew on both Confucian and Legalist ideas to address problems such as crime, population growth, social inequality, environmental change, famine, and despotism. We shall read some remarkable documents in the original Classical Chinese.
classwork (20%), 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x1-hr test (20%), additional written assignments equivalent to 1500wds (e.g. translation, annotation, analysis), at least part of which may be done under test conditions (30%)
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
CHNS2612, Classical Chinese B OR CHNS2112, Readings in Classical Chinese OR CHNS2904, Honours Stream Classical Chinese (2) OR CHNS1314, Classical Chinese for Native Speakers (2).
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