INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese society and culture from earliest times to the present. We will introduce the development of China in material terms as well as in terms of competing beliefs, and the relationship of these to social groups. The first part of the course explores ancient literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, customs, and other aspects of china's rich and diverse heritage. The second part will be devoted to china's transition to a modern society, covering such topics as social changes, urban life, popular culture, and the values and ideas that captivate contemporary Chinese people's attention. Cultural traditions of Hong Kong, taiwan, and tibet will also be employed.