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Module Code: CCS101
Module Title: Chinese Civilization: Thinkers and Ideas
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module provides an introduction to the major elements of Chinese civilisation and to the scholarly literature devoted to Chinese thought, religion, and worldview in general.
Learning outcomes 
A. Have a clear understanding of the intellectual, literary and religious developments that characterize Chinese civilization.

B. Be able to identify the great works of Chinese philosophical and religious literature and appreciate them in a comparative perspective.

C. Be familiar with the overall contents of the Confucian classics and their influence on traditional Chinese society.

D. Understand what conditions led to the rise of China’s characteristic cultural developments.

E. Develop an appreciation of how traditional Chinese thought influences the present-day worldview of the PRC.

F. Be aware of the principal debates in the academic literature about Chinese literature, religion and philosophy.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of topics
The syllabus will typically include the following topics:

Three Dynasties and the Myth of 5000 years of Chinese History

Confucius and his Teaching

Pre-Qin Confucianism: Mengzi and Xunzi

Mohism – A Call for Universal Equality or Utopian Totalitarianismbr>

Legalism – Totalitarian Vision or Rationalisation of State Discourse

Classical Daoism – Laozi and Zhuangzi

The Art of War: A Chinese Classic or Universal Strategy Manualbr>

Buddhism and its Introduction into China

Chan, Pure Land and Sinification of Buddhism

Neo-Confucianism: Zhuxi and Wang Yangming

Chinese imperial examinations (kējǔ) – Significance and political and socio-cultural consequences

‘Chinese (learning as the) essence and Western( learning for its) utility’: the Decline or a New Beginning of Chinese Civilisation

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 10.00
2 Discussion And Debate 10.00
3 Final Exam 60.00
4 Presentation 10.00
5 Reading Reports 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 6:05:28 PM