Introductory Seminar in East Asian History



Spring 2014

HIEA 1501 (2)

Introductory Seminar in East Asian History

"Thought and Religious Life in Imperial China"

Cong Ellen Zhang

This discussion-oriented class will explore the ideas and practices that shaped the political, intellectual, and religious life of imperial China through an examination of scholarly work and primary sources. Major topics include early Chinese worldviews, the philosophies of the “Hundred Schools,” ideas of kingship and government, and institutional and popular religions. Required readings include Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (ed. Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden), selected Buddhist and Daoist scriptures, and a variety of popular literature. Final grades for the class will be based on a presentation, papers, and class participation. No prior knowledge of Chinese history is required. This course fulfills the second writing requirement.



Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904



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