Readings in Early Chinese Thought (CHNS3641)


This unit offers students the opportunity to explore China's great philosophical traditions through readings of important pre-Qin texts in the original. While the coverage will be broad, the focus will be on Confucianism, Daoism, and Mohism. Students will be also expected to read Chinese classics in English translation and relevant secondary scholarship in the areas selected for study.

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1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week


tutorial participation (10%), 10min oral presentation and handout introducing one topic from the readings (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1hr in-class test (25%), 6xshort written translation exercises (1200wds) (25%), 1x2000wd final essay (25%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points of CHNS for native speakers or (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) for background speakers or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612) for non-background English native speakers


CHNS3451, CHNS3551

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