History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-001: Early (Ancient) China
(Fall 2017)

Robinson B208

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course will explore the historical formation of “Chinese civilization” from the earliest stages of human settlement (c. 5000-3000 BCE) through the collapse of the Han empire (c. 206 BCE-220 CE).  Although primarily intended to help students gain a fuller understanding of the political, socio-economic, and cultural changes in early China, the focus of the course will be on the emergence of a distinct Chinese “civilization” through the establishment of political (state) authority, classical schools of thought, and the formation of China’s early empires.  By emphasizing dynamic historical processes of change over time, as seen in both material evidence and written records, this course will complicate the stereotypical notion of a monolithic and unchanging “ancient China.”

Topic Varies

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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