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Chinese Culture: Transformation

edX, Online
4 weeks
99 USD
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Self-paced Online
4 weeks
99 USD
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Self-paced Online
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Course description

Chinese Culture: Transformation

Owing to its rapid development in recent years, China has been in the spotlight of the international arena. While understanding modern China's economy, technology and politics is important, knowing its cultural roots and evolution is no less crucial for seeing the full picture of Chinese culture. This course introduces 5 interesting aspects of Chinese culture in transformation.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

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Training content

The Four Great Classical Chinese Novels: A New Genre

  • Introduction
  • Outlaws of the Marsh
  • The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  • Journey to the West
  • Dream of the Red Chamber

Chinese Operas: A Dynamic Diversity

  • Introduction
  • The aesthetics of operas
  • Various themes of the operas
  • Chinese operas and public life

Confucian Academies and Education

  • Introduction
  • Neo-Confucianism and academies in the Song dynasty
  • The case of Donglin Academy in the Ming dynasty
  • Academies and educational reforms in the Qing dynasty

New Confucianism in the 20th century

  • Introduction
  • Confucianism as a living and practical philosophy
  • Synthetic nature of Confucianism
  • New challenges to China in the 20th century
  • Feng Youlan on life's meanings
  • Mou Zongsan on inner sageliness and outer kingliness

Gender Politics in Early New China

  • Introduction
  • Mao Zedong and new culture
  • The socialist movie Li Shuangshuang
  • Revolution, labor and gender
  • Gender politics of socialism

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • The Four Great Classical Chinese Novels
  • The art of Chinese opera
  • The private Confucian academies since the Song dynasty and their impact on education
  • New Confucianism in the 20th century
  • Labor and gender politics in early New China

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