Schedule of Classes and Assigned Readings

Week

Monday Wednesday Friday
 
Aug. 20 Topic:          Introduction to Classical China 

Readings:           General Introduction
The culture of the Classical elite

1.           General Introduction           
2. Han Qi Visits the State of Zheng

Classical patrician views of the past

The Legendary Emperors
Homework 1 due

Aug. 27 Poetic views of society

Verses From the Book of Poetry

The founding of the Zhou Dynasty 

1. The Rise of the House of Zhou
2. The Story of the Duke of Zhou

Early Spring & Autumn Period political history

Spring and Autumn China (722-453), pp. 1-21 
Homework 2 due

Sept. 3 * No Class - Labor Day* Later Spring & Autumn Period political history

Spring and Autumn China (722-453), pp. 22-42

Ritualism and the advent of Confucius

Zhou Ritual Culture and Its Rationalization
Journal entry 1 due

Sept. 10 The Analects of Confucius

Confucius and the Origins of Confucianism
Analects: Appendixes 3-4 (pp. 122-44)

Political history of the early Warring States Period

The Warring States Period (453-221), pp. 1-21

Political history of the later Warring States Period

The Warring States Period (453-221), pp. 22-41
Homework 3 due

Sept. 17 Social change in the Warring States Period

1. The Economy of Early China: Food and Money
2. Technological Change in Warring States China

Quiz

Intellectual change: Mohism and philosophy

1. The Rhetorical Arts and Political Persuasion
   2.                       Mohist Thought                              

Journal entry 2 due

The Confucian career of Mencius

Mencius

Sept. 24 Daoist thought: the Dao de jing

Daoism, pp. 1-10

Zhuangzi

Daoism, pp. 11-28
Journal entry 3 due

Naturalism

Naturalist Thought in the Late Classical Period
Oct. 1  The Confucian response: Xunzi

Xunzi

Legalism and the basis of the Qin Revolution

Legalism
Journal entry 4 due

Religion in Warring States society

Spiritual Beliefs and Regional Religion

Oct. 8 MIDTERM EXAM Shang China and its discovery

1. Preface to Readings on Pre-Classical China
2.     The Discovery of the Shang Dynasty         

* No Class - Fall Break *
 
Oct. 15 The deities of the Shang world

1. The Sexagenary Number-Date System
2.                  The Oracle Texts                    
3.                     Shang Religion                      

Shang bronzes

1. Shang Kingship and Shang Kinship
2.              Shang Ritual Bronzes           

Homework 4 due

The Neolithic background of the Shang

Neolithic China: Before the Shang Dynasty
Journal entry 5 due

Oct. 22 Shang society and the nature of the Shang polity

Shang Society

The Western Zhou

The History of the Western Zhou

Western Zhou: Group Project Meeting

Inscriptional Records of the Western Zhou
Homework 5 due (cancelled)

Oct. 29 Inscriptions of the Western Zhou (I)

Inscriptional Records of the Western Zhou
Presentations
Inscriptions of the Western Zhou (II)

Inscriptional Records of the Western Zhou
Presentations

Inscriptions of the Western Zhou (III)

Inscriptional Records of the Western Zhou
Presentations

Nov. 5 Bridging the Pre-Classical and Post-Classical eras

1. Introduction to Imperial China
2.      The Qin Dynasty, pp. 1-7      

The Qin Revolution

The Qin Dynasty, pp. 8-27

Qin law

The Laws of Qin

Nov. 12 Post-Qin civil war

The Rise of the Han
Quiz

The establishment of the Han state

The Reigns of the Early Han Emperors

Early Han ideology

Huang-Lao Ideology

Nov. 19  * THANKSGIVING BREAK *
Nov. 26 Han Dynasty metaphysical thought

1. Yin-Yang Five-Forces Theory During the Han
2.                 
The Arts of the Fangshi                       

The reign of Han Emperor Wu

The Reign of Wu-di, 140-87

Confucianism in the early Han

The Fortunes of Confucianism During the Early Han

Dec. 3 Our historical lens on early China

Sima Qian and Our View of Early China
Quiz

The Yi jing

The Yi jing

History as moral wisdom in the Confucian tradition

The Spring and Autumn Annals
Term papers due

Final Exam:  Monday, December 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Woodburn 007