Harvard University Free Online Course on China Humanities

Harvard University is offering free online course on China Humanities: The Individual in Chinese Culture. In China Humanities, you will explore the idea of China as a country of individuals who create the thing we call Chinese culture through their own art, literature, and philosophy.

The overall objective of this course is to explore Chinese history and culture from the perspective of the individual through philosophical texts, literary works, and art. The course will start on October 31, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort:  2-4 hours pw
Subject: Humanities
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on October 31, 2017

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

In China’s history, there has been a longstanding belief that being cultured and being moral is necessary for a person to participate in public life. We often think of China in political terms – and focus on the history of government – or in social terms – and study the role of the family in society. But this course looks at the individual and the striving for culture and morality. In China Humanities, you will explore the idea of China as a country of individuals who create the thing we call Chinese culture through their own art, literature, and philosophy. The course will focus on how individuals pursue unique forms of expression, act upon their distinct experiences, and follow their own desires, creating enduring works that we continue to look at for inspiration and wisdom.

You will discuss the theories of early Chinese thinkers like Confucius and Zhuangzi, explore the poetry of writers like Tao Yuanming and Du Fu, read from novels such as the Dream of the Red Chamber, and learn how to see painting and calligraphy – all with a particular focus on how these works have shaped Chinese culture as we know it today.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Cultural traditions that are revered in China today.
  • How to interpret Chinese philosophical texts.
  • How to analyze and appreciate masterpieces of Chinese literature.
  • How to view the “individual voice” in visual works.

Instructors

Peter K. Bol
Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University

Wai-yee Li
Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Stephen Owen
James Bryant Conant University Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Michael Puett
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, Harvard University

Eugene Wang
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University

Xiaofei Tian
Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Requirements

None

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