HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Love and Friendship in Chinese Culture
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This class mixes history, literature, and sociology. The purpose of the class is two fold: first, to introduce a number of selected texts on family, friendship, and love in Chinese culture; second to provide a broad conceptual framework on self and society in traditional and contemporary China. I have organized the classes each week around specific selected topics and have assigned a variety of literary as well as social science texts. We are interested in these texts less as artistic achievements and more as guides to Chinese values and to the function of literature in Chinese culture.

This class assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese culture. There will be close to 250 pages of required reading – more fiction than social science each week. The readings will be posted on a Ctools site, with the exception of "The Story of the Stone" and "The Plum of the Golden Vase". You will be required to purchase these online. These books will also be placed on reserve at the Undergraduate Library.

Every week students should post a short discussion question on the next week's readings on our class Ctools site for class discussion. In addition to the reading, Students are responsible for leading class discussion on the reading for a specific week; discussion leaders may want to consult with me before their class presentation. You will also prepare two short papers (1000 and 2500 words respectively). Poorly written papers will be returned to be rewritten. Two classes, listed as Paper Conferences on the schedule, will be devoted to the discussion of students’ papers. The papers will be posted on the Ctools site prior to the class.

Most of our communication will be through class discussions. Attendance and participation are absolutely required. Students who are absent without an acceptable excuse will be penalized severely.

HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
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002 (SEM)
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M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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