China: Civilization and Empire

Learn about China’s past, present, and future.

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  • $450 for 4-5 months
  • 2-4 hours a week of effort
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China: Civilization and Empire
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Learn about china’s past, present, and future: through history, geography, philosophies, literature, politics, economy, art, and ecology.
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2-4 hours a week
4-5 months

XSeries Program Overview

China: Civilization and Empire explores the development of this great civilization from the Neolithic to the last dynasty. We see the formation of political structures and social practices that have lasted into the present; we learn to appreciate artistic and literary traditions of sophistication and refinement; we inquire into its philosophical and religious legacies and their significance for our own lives; and we trace the creation of the largest economy in world history.

What You'll Learn

  • To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.
  • To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.
★★★★★ (9) 57 weeks Self paced
An overview of China, historically, geographically, and culturally, starting with the origins and legitimation of China, followed by an exploration of the integral thinkers of the early period.
★★★★★ (6) 57 weeks Self paced
Part 2 covers the period from the Qin to the Sui with the creation of the first unified empire and an exploration of state building and dissolution, focusing on the realization of the self and the influence of Buddhism during the medieval period.
★★★★★ (4) 57 weeks Self paced
Part 3 explores the reunification of China under Tang with a focus on Chinese aristocratic culture during the Tang period from poetry to calligraphy to literature.
★★★★★ (6) 57 weeks Self paced
Part 4 takes us from the early imperial period to the late imperial period exploring new ideas and the role of the exam system and government with a focus on the Song dynasty.
★★★★★ (4) 57 weeks Self paced
Part 5 explores the impact of the conquest dynasties and the world of the Ming.
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