HISTORY 415 - Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior or senior standing. No prior knowledge of China or Chinese required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

The Chinese legal order is one of the great legal traditions of the world, which has not only exercised a tremendous influence on other legal orders in East Asia for centuries, but still exerts a considerable influence in China today. In recent years, new research methods and improved access to archival materials have shed new light on many aspects of Chinese legal history, which has forced scholars to revise many assumptions and received ideas on Chinese jurisprudence. This course will explore major topics in Chinese legal history through selected readings of secondary and primary sources, as well as through audiovisual materials and fiction. The course will be divided into three distinct segments; the first segment will introduce students to basic concepts and institutions in the Chinese legal order and how Chinese and foreigners have perceived Chinese law. The second will explore how the Chinese legal order was implemented, with a special focus on the last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911). The third and last segment will discuss how Chinese law and institutions were transformed from the mid-nineteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Course Requirements:

Students will be asked to purchase two textbooks; no prior knowledge of China or Chinese is required. Writing is an integral component of the course; students are expected to formulate their ideas on Chinese legal history in forum postings and to write three short papers, which will be written in consultation with the instructor. Students will also be encouraged to offer feedback on each other’s work through peer-review sessions.

HISTORY 415 - Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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