This course will be offered online, asynchronously. Students will not be required to be online at a specific time.
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**Note: With regard to course content, HSTAS 211 will be offered exactly as it would be in person on the UW campus. No accommodations will be offered permitting students to avoid any element of course content based on their location. Students currently located within the People's Republic of China are strongly encouraged to consider taking the course in the future when they have returned to the UW campus. All aspects of the course will be offered via Canvas. Students unable to access Canvas from their current location are strongly encouraged to take the course in the future when they have returned to the UW campus.
This course surveys Chinese history from the earliest periods to the present, examining political, social, cultural, and economic developments. It concentrates on long-term historical patterns, the diversity of historical experience within China, and major changes of internal and external origin. Students will become familiar with some of the major trends, events, and individuals shaping Chinese history, and learn to analyze and interpret a range of primary sources.
Students completing this course will learn to:
a). explain the significance of key historical concepts, developments, and figures in Chinese history
b). interpret primary sources
c). evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different historical interpretations
d). present their own perspectives in the form of coherent arguments, based on evidence and expressed in academic prose
Patricia Ebrey, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd Ed. (2010) ISBN: 978-0521124331
Ida Pruitt, A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman (1945)
Textbooks are available via the UW Bookstore. They can also be purchased online. Note that A Daughter of Han has been published by multiple publishers, with different covers and ISBN numbers. Any edition will be fine.
Other aspects of the syllabus are not available at this time. They will be posted by the first day of class.