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This introductory subject examines Chinese society and culture by looking at the relationship between cultural systems and imperial power. It addresses the long-term development of social and intellectual structures in China in relation to empire as a political order and a system of territorial domination. Students should gain a foundation for further study of Chinese society and culture and specific skills in the writing of essays.
Intended learning outcomes
- have acquired a knowledge of major long-term developments in Chinese society and culture through the study of secondary scholarship in English. This will provide them with the background knowledge for advanced studies in Chinese language.
- be able to use scholarly analysis to examine major world social and cultural systems.
- develop arguments from critical reading of academic materials and present them in writing and speech.
- recognise the importance of long-term perspectives in the study of culture and society.
- acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion.
- show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
- acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
- acquire public speaking skills through tutorial discussion.
Last updated: 6 December 2019