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More about this unit
Students admitted to this course are expected to have a level of Chinese equivalent to HSC Chinese for Background Speakers. We will come across readings in English from time to time and students are expected to be able to read and write in good English.
Students are encouraged to attend all classes and tutorials with tutorial discussion strongly emphasizing student engagement. To benefit the most from the course, students are required to be active, responsible participants in their own learning, and to develop indpendent analytical and research skills in Chinese culture and society by reading and analysing both Chinese and English sources which should not be confined to the recommended reading list. Students should complete assessments on time by following instructions. Essays and assignments will be written in Chinese and English although class discussions will be in Chinese and explained in English if necessary.Students should check iLearn regularly http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/my/under the unit concerned, for announcements and resource information posted by the convenor.
Readings for this unit:
Creel, H. G. The Birth of China: a Survey of the Formative Period of Chinese Civilization. Jonathan Cape. 1936.
Lewis, Mark, Edward. The Construction of Space in Early China (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). State University of New York Press. 2006.
Li, Xueqin李學勤.The Chinese Civilization in Cultural Relics文物中的古文明.Beijing: Commercial Press. 2008.
Loewe, Michael. (c) Everyday Life in Early Imperial China. Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2005.
Mote, F. W. Intellectual Foundations of China. (Studies in World Civilization). Alfred A. Knopf. 1971.
牟復禮. 《中國思想之淵源》.Beijing: Peking University Press. 2009.
Pine, Yuri. Envisioning Eternal Empire: Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era. University of Hawaii Press. 2009.乔建中主编, 撰稿人: 冯洁轩乔建中张振涛居其宏《中國古代音樂史》。
*Tseng, Lilian, Lanying. Picturing Heaven in Early China (Harvard East Asian Monographs).Harvard University Asia Centre. 2011.
Xu Jinxiong許進雄. 1984. Ancient Chinese Society: an Epigraphic and Archaeological Interpretation《中國古代社會-文字與人類學的透視》. Taibei 臺北：Taiwan Commercial Press台灣商務印書館.
Xu Zhongshu 徐中舒. 先秦史講義. Tianjin: Tianjin Guji. 2008.
You will find some of the URL links containing materials on Chinese history, archaeology, art, culture extremely handy. Among these are:
This pointer will bring up the introduction page of the Classical Chinese Historiography for Chinese History. Scroll down to get to the table of contents. The display includes full-style Chinese characters (fanti zi). The most useful section for this course is section 9: Select Bibliography of Chinese Classics and Literature in Translation with Recent Related Histories; Section 10: Selected English Bibliography For Chinese Civilization: A Brief Historical Survey. You can reach this by using the contents page.
Students should make good use of the library databases for scholarly articles, books and other sources of information, which is an essential part of learning and research skills. http://www.library.mq.edu.au/
Many of the journal articles are available via the “Journal Finder” link on the library’s main catalogue page.