HUM 165   Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 Hours)

The course acquaints students with the ideas, culture, and arts of China, from its prehistory through the present day, using a thematic structure that reflects the interplay of diversity and unity that characterizes Chinese culture and history in ways that simultaneously conflict with and complement each other. The approach is interdisciplinary, examining a long tradition of philosophy and religion that permeates all aspects of Chinese life, the values embodied in various traditional and modern arts, and how nature, the environment and issues of sustainability are understood via Chinese schools of thought. In addition to developing students' appreciation of China's contribution to world culture, the course aims to enhance students' understanding of the contemporary world.