Chinese Culture and Society in Transformation/Chinese Society in Transformation
This English-taught course provides a survey of Chinese culture and society. It focuses on basic social institutions and cultural norms in traditional Chinese society and their modern transformations. The readings, drawn mainly from the disciplines of history and anthropology, cover topics of family and kinship, marriage and gender, religion and ritual, ethnicity, community institutions, state power and its political control, and rural and urban political economies. The second half of the course draws particular attention to China’s constant modernizing efforts in the past century, especially during the socialist revolution and post-Mao reforms, as well as their bearings upon contemporary Chinese social practices and cultural patterns.
Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.
Week 1: Course Introduction
Week 2: Family and Kinship
Week 3: Marriage and Gender
Week 4: Rural Communities
Week 5: Religions and Rituals
Week 6: Midterm Exam
Week 7: Imperial State and Governance
Week 8: In Search for Modernity
Week 9: China in Crises
Week 10: Maoist Revolutions
Week 11: Changes and Continuities I: Family and Personal Lives
Week 12: Changes and Continuities II: Ethnicities and Identities
Week 13: Changes and Continuities III: Nation State Building
Week 14: In-class Final Examination
Assessment & Assignments
Class Participation (20%)
In-class Quizzes (20%)
Mid-term Examination (25%)
Final Examination (35%)
Honesty in Academic Work
Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.
With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.
- In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
- For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.
Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.
Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.
The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.