Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy (GE1501)

Course Objectives

  • Introduce basic knowledge, key concepts and major events in Chinese history and philosophy
  • Introduce the assessment of source materials
  • Train critical thinking in historical and philosophical analysis and interpretation
  • Help students identify the “self” in the modern world

No English sections will be offered to students in Summer Term.

Tutorial group project themes for Semester A 2020/21

Tutorial class section Name of tutorial tutor Group project themes
TA1 BLIX, Bjoern Aage Student groups are free to choose their own themes for this course (subject to approval). Every student, of every group, must submit individual coursework that is relevant to their group’s theme. Below is a short list of suggested group themes for the tutorial.
  • Yin and Yang (The Idea of Chinese Origin and Philosophy of Change)
  • Mandate of Heaven (The Dynastic Cycle—Rise and Fall; “Politics”, “Leadership”)
  • Chinese Spiritual Life (Divination, Sacrifice, Alchemy, Chinese Medicine and so on)
  • Chinese Freedom (of belief, election, speech and so on)
  • Chinese Family
TA2 GUSTAVSSON, Rickard
  • Group A: The Rise of the Chinese Civilization: the Shang and early Zhou dynasties
  • Group B: Visions of an ideal society: early Confucianism and Daoism compared
  • Group C: Models of Governance: society and politics in the Tang and Song dynasties
  • Group D: Science and Technology in premodern China
  • Group E: Late Qing Dynasty: the end of imperial China
*Other topics may be allowed if agreed by the instructor
TB1 BLIX, Bjoern Aage Student groups are free to choose their own themes for this course (subject to approval). Every student, of every group, must submit individual coursework that is relevant to their group’s theme. Below is a short list of suggested group themes for the tutorial.
  • Yin and Yang (The Idea of Chinese Origin and Philosophy of Change)
  • Mandate of Heaven (The Dynastic Cycle—Rise and Fall; “Politics”, “Leadership”)
  • Chinese Spiritual Life (Divination, Sacrifice, Alchemy, Chinese Medicine and so on)
  • Chinese Freedom (of belief, election, speech and so on)
  • Chinese Family
TB2 GUSTAVSSON, Rickard
  • Group A: The Rise of the Chinese Civilization: the Shang and early Zhou dynasties
  • Group B: Visions of an ideal society: early Confucianism and Daoism compared
  • Group C: Models of Governance: society and politics in the Tang and Song dynasties
  • Group D: Science and Technology in premodern China
  • Group E: Late Qing Dynasty: the end of imperial China
*Other topics may be allowed if agreed by the instructor
TB3 GUSTAVSSON, Rickard
  • Group A: The Rise of the Chinese Civilization: the Shang and early Zhou dynasties
  • Group B: Visions of an ideal society: early Confucianism and Daoism compared
  • Group C: Models of Governance: society and politics in the Tang and Song dynasties
  • Group D: Science and Technology in premodern China
  • Group E: Late Qing Dynasty: the end of imperial China
*Other topics may be allowed if agreed by the instructor
TB4 BLIX, Bjoern Aage Student groups are free to choose their own themes for this course (subject to approval). Every student, of every group, must submit individual coursework that is relevant to their group’s theme. Below is a short list of suggested group themes for the tutorial.
  • Yin and Yang (The Idea of Chinese Origin and Philosophy of Change)
  • Mandate of Heaven (The Dynastic Cycle—Rise and Fall; “Politics”, “Leadership”)
  • Chinese Spiritual Life (Divination, Sacrifice, Alchemy, Chinese Medicine and so on)
  • Chinese Freedom (of belief, election, speech and so on)
  • Chinese Family
TB5 BLIX, Bjoern Aage Student groups are free to choose their own themes for this course (subject to approval). Every student, of every group, must submit individual coursework that is relevant to their group’s theme. Below is a short list of suggested group themes for the tutorial.
  • Yin and Yang (The Idea of Chinese Origin and Philosophy of Change)
  • Mandate of Heaven (The Dynastic Cycle—Rise and Fall; “Politics”, “Leadership”)
  • Chinese Spiritual Life (Divination, Sacrifice, Alchemy, Chinese Medicine and so on)
  • Chinese Freedom (of belief, election, speech and so on)
  • Chinese Family

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Please note that the Cantonese, Putonghua and English sections of GE1501 Chinese Civilisation-History and Philosophy will continue to be offered. Students are encouraged to take GE1501 according to their study plan.

Enquiry: cah@cityu.edu.hk


Last updated: 06 October 2020