Harvard’s Free China Studies Course

Sunday, June 16, 2013 22:28
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Looking to learn more about China in your spare time?

Then I highly recommend you head over the the Harvard Extension Schools’ China: Traditions and Transformations  page and take a look at list of lectures that they have just put online.

Course intro:

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management.

Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought.

In this free Chinese studies online course, these themes are discussed to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

Faculty for the program are:

Peter K. Bol is director of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow. He has been a Harvard College professor. Bol’s books include Sung Dynasty Uses of the I Ching and Neo-Confucianism in History.

William C. Kirby is director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and chairman of the Harvard China Fund. His research focuses on the history of modern China. He was dean of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 2002 to 2006

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