Civic Culture in Late Imperial and Modern China

History 280F

Spring 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Th 2-4
Class Number: 
32340
Units: 
4

From the literati art of “doing good” to the communist slogan to “serve the people,” various notions of civic virtue and vice have shaped public life in Chinese society. This course explores the evolution of discourse and practice concerned with the public good in China from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. We will engage foundational and recent scholarship on such topics as charity and disaster relief, civic education and citizenship, public ritual and religion, commercial wealth and respectability, public health and hygiene, and wartime mobilization and militarization. Requirements include weekly responses, oral presentations, and a final paper on a selected theme.