Course Code

CHES3105/ CCSS3411

Course Name



Wednesday 4:15-6:15pm (Lecture)
Wednesday 3:30-4:15 (Tutorial)


Zoom (Lecture)
WMY 402 (Tutorial)



Teaching Assistant


Course Description

This course will focus on four moments of transformational change in Chinese cultural history: the Warring States (481-221 BCE); the Period of Division (220-589 CE); Song-Yuan (960-1368); modern China (1850-present). The first laid the social and cultural foundations for the emergence of the bureaucratic empire; the second saw the Buddhist “conquest” of China and the emergence of an opposition between elite and popular culture; the third witnessed new forms of the Three Teachings—Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism—as well as state recognition of popular religion; the fourth is characterized by an ongoing search for a uniquely Chinese mode of modernity.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: The Attack on Shamanism

Week 2: The Emergence of Self-Cultivation Practice

Week 3: The Philosophical Preparation of Political Unity

Week 4: Scriptures

Week 5: Literature

Week 6: Sacred Geography

Week 7: State Religion

Week 8: Daoism in the Song and Jin

Week 9: Buddhism in the Song

Week 10: Confucianism in the Song

Week 11: Science

Week 12: Gender

Assessment & Assignments

One oral presentation (20%)

Four take-home tests (80%)

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

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.