This course attempts to provide students with a deeper understanding about Chinese society by connecting the well-known Chinese icons to different aspects of Chinese social structures and institutions. Over the semester, we will discuss a wide range of topics, from political structure to food culture, from art to gender and sexuality, from ideology to economy, from education to family, to name a few. These broad topics will be introduced through famous Chinese icons, such as the Gaokao (College Entrance Exam) and examined through lens of social science and humanities. The last 30 minutes of each lecture will be used for class discussion. After each lecture, students will be required to write a 200 word memo to show which aspect of the week’s topic is especially interesting for them and how would they explain this interesting phenomenon. The class will be co-taught by members of Datong Society for China Studies. By the end of the semester, we will expect our students to talk about China not only as someone with a superficial knowledge of these icons, but as someone who knows how Chinese society operates. Hence, in the last two lectures, students will be given the opportunity to make a 10-minutes presentation for topics they have been interested in and learned about China over the semester. Outstanding students in this class will be invited to join or make presentations for the Datong Society for China Studies. Note: Proficiency in Chinese is not required for this class.
|Section 1||Yuchen Yang; Fangxu Ying||20||VLSB 2038||[Tu] 7:00PM-9:00PM||01/24/2017||