Fall 2022 - GA 200 D100

Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

Class Number: 4511

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2022
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



An introduction to historical and cultural perspectives on China. Topics covered will include different aspects of traditional Chinese civilization with a view to understanding contemporary Chinese society. Students with credit for ASC 200 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course provides students with an introduction to selected cultural and historical perspectives on China from its origins to the present. The goal of the course is to learn some of the foundations of Chinese civilization, which will help to understand how China has developed over time and how it interacts with the world today. The main themes of the course will include: spiritual beliefs and traditions; development of the concept of Zhongguo (“Middle Country/Kingdom”) and its impact on relations with non-Chinese peoples; the role of the family and education in social and political life; the relationship with the environment; the importance of Chinese medicine and food to Chinese and world culture; migration and the formation of a Chinese diaspora in Canada; and the impact of the communist revolution on China’s economy and society.

This course does not require prior knowledge of Chinese history or society nor any fluency in Chinese.

Tutorial hours
: Fridays 12:30-1:20 and 1:30-2:20pm


  • Tutorial attendance and participation 20%
  • Film report 10%
  • Midterm test 25%
  • “China in the News” media analysis 20%
  • Final Exam 25%



There is no required textbooks for this course. Coursepack will be provided.


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Registrar Notes:


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