Understanding Cultures: Modern China
3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the history and culture of China, from the earliest times to the present, with an emphasis on the modern era. It highlights key themes, including the historical development of Chinese civilization, the rise and fall of Chinese dynastic rule, nationalist and communist revolutions, Maoist and post-Maoist transitions, economic reform, the emergence of a modern Chinese nation-state, and the continued importance of historical memory in China today. The course investigates how China's place in the world has changed through the transmission of culture from the West to East Asia (and vice versa); along with occurrences of confrontation, colonialism, imperialism, modernization, and war. Other topics include China's geography and natural resources; philosophy and religion; literature and other fine arts; economic development and commerce; politics and foreign relations; science and technology; media and popular culture; and gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity. Knowledge of diverse cultures and an understanding of global interconnectedness are important skills for achieving success in many occupations and professions; thereby directly contributing to a higher quality of life.