This course will introduce major Chinese canonical works, as well as their historical context, genre and major characteristics. Studying the classics is the best and effective way to understand the core values of Chinese traditional culture which form the basis of the minds and behaviours of the Chinese people at large, both past and present. Learning activities include five-minute summaries, group presentation, online discussions and a final paper, all of which will help the students develop their views and critical analysis. After completion of the course they will have become familiar with the major canonical works from China; understand the influence of ancient texts on Chinese society today; recognize features of Chinese thought and philosophy; learn the basic analytical vocabulary for discussing Chinese tradition; and recognize and evaluate core values and ethics of Chinese culture and be able to apply academic knowledge and present effective solutions to real-life problems.
* This GE course will be discontinued with effect from Semester A 2018/19