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History 379/Asian Studies 340: Later Imperial China Later Imperial China: A Sensory History Instructor: Carla Nappi Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-11 & by appointment, Buchanan Tower 1109 Class Hours: Tu & Th 11-12.30, Buchanan B215 This course explores the history of China from the Tang empire through the mid-Qing dynasty. Late imperial China is a fascinating historical period. The course is devoted to helping students understand how to creatively and rigorously interpret its primary documents (including texts, artifacts, and, where possible, sensations) alongside the best of recent historical writing about Chinese history. Rather than taking the existence of a timeless and monolithic “China” for granted, we will explore the various ways in which late imperial lands and peoples have been formed and re-formed in order to situate the period within broader narratives of global history. Students will gain experience in the art and techniques of advanced historical analysis, using both traditional and non-traditional sources. Fun will be had. Undue stress, to the extent possible, will be avoided. Deep thoughts will be both conceived, and put on paper, by you. Bad jokes about The Manchu Anatomy will be made. Readings The readings for the course include short pieces available on WebCT and the following four books, all of which are both on reserve at Koerner (the library, not the graduate pub) and available for purchase at the UBC bookstore: Susan Whitfield, Life Along the Silk Road Jonathan Spence, The Death of Woman Wang Mark Elliott, Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World Joanna Waley-Cohen, The Sextants of Beijing I will often hand out a Weekly Guide that will serve as a roadmap to each week’s material and assignments. Read it closely. Grading and Requirements To do well in the course, you must: 1. Come to class. Attendance will form a significant part of your grade, and The Management will be practicing Random Acts of Attendance-Taking. More on this later.
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2 2. Complete the readings by the time indicated in the syllabus! Stay awake during class! Come to class having thought about the material, made notes of what interested or perplexed you, and ready to actively discuss it with your instructor and colleagues! Laugh at The Management’s jokes! 3. Submit thoughtful weekly thinkpieces, thoughtfully, to WebCT on time (and thoughtfully). Avoid, “I thought Woman Wang was cool. The End.” kinds of thinkpieces. They need not be more than a paragraph or so, but some brain-muscle into it. 4. Complete all of the written assignments on time: the four short quizzes, a take-home midterm examination, and a final portfolio assignment. The grading will be assessed as follows: Participation online and in class (including thinkpieces and attendance): 30% Quizzes (map quiz, date quiz, and 2 reading quizzes): 20% Take-home midterm exam: 25% Final portfolio, revision of 5 thinkpieces plus introduction: 25% The Importance of Checking Email
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