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.

Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorial/week


2x In-class tests equivalent to 1500wds (40%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 500wds (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1xDigital portfolio equivalent to 500wds (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(CHNS1600 and CHNS1601) or (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)


CHNS3551 or CHNS3451

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

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