Readings in Traditional Chinese History (CHNS3640)

UNIT OF STUDY

How did the early Chinese come to develop one of the world's great historiographical traditions? In their narratives of both exemplary and counter-exemplary behavior, what sort of personal qualities were thought to influence the course of history? How was social change perceived? Was there an understanding of "impersonal" forces of history, such as economics? These and other questions will be explored as we read in the rich sources left by premodern China's own historians. As some readings will be primary texts in the original, a good grounding in classical Chinese is assumed for this unit.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

3x1hr tutorials/week

Assessment

1x1hr Exam (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 10x digital portfolio entries equivalent to 1500wds total (20%), 1xIn-Class presentation equivalent to 500wds (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Basic knowledge of Classical Chinese, (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)

Prohibitions

CHNS3561

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