Oriental History II-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS01 10017 LE38 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year All students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Tue.2
Instructor name FORTE,Erika (Institute for Research in Humanities Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course is a general introduction to the segment of history of premodern China that follows the collapse of the Tang empire, from the 10th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Through highlighting political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments in each of the dynastic regimes (Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing) that ruled over the Chinese territory in this period, the course aims at understanding the major societal changes that lead eventually to the formation of modern China.
Course Goals - To gain an understanding of the Chinese culture and its historical context.
- To be able to identify major issues and significant events and have a clear timeline of pre-modern China's history.
Schedule and Contents 1 General introduction to the course, methodology, historical timeline
2 Review of China history timeline up to the 10th c. CE
(end of the Tang dynasty)
3 China after the Tang: The Five Dynasties and the Ten
Kingdoms (902-979)
4 The Song Dynasty (I) (960-1127)
5 The Song Dynasty (II) (1127-1279)
6 Non-Chinese rulers (I): The Khitan/Liao (916-1125)
7 Non-Chinese rulers (II): The Jurchen/Jin (1115-1234) and the Tangut/Xia (1038-1227)
8 Social changes in the 10th-13th centuries
9 The Mongol conquest of China: the Yuan dynasty (1279-
10 The Ming dynasty (I) (1368-1644)
11 The Ming dynasty (II)
12 The Qing empire (I) (1644-1912)
13 The Qing empire (II)
14 Summary
15 Final examination
16 Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Attendance and participation are mandatory. Evaluation is based on class assignments (five times, 6 points each), final written exam (50 points), and active participation (20 points). Students that are absent without justification for more than three times will not be admitted to the final written exam.
Course Requirements Students should have prerequisite knowledge of Chinese History (From the Early dynasties to the end of the Tang period, ca. 21st c. BCE - 10th c. CE). Ideally, students should have taken the Asian History I course during the previous semester to register. Alternatively, they should prepare themselves by self-studying before the start of the course. Student who need to gain a knowledge on the previous segment of history should contact the instructor for guidance.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Classes are taught with the frontal method. Students will be instructed, at the end of each class, on the relevant literature of the topic taught for reviewing the lesson. During the course there will be five assignments that students will have to prepare before the classes. Assignments consists in a small research (maximum 2 pages) related to one of the topics taught in class, that will be discussed or commented briefly in the class. The final exam consists of multiple choice test. Preparation to this exam is based on notes that students have taken during the classes and on the text books.
Textbooks Textbooks/References The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd edition, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, (Cambridge University Press), ISBN:9780521124331
The Open Empire. A History of China to 1600, Valerie Hansen, (Norton), ISBN:0393973743