Traditional Chinese Culture

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Traditional Chinese Culture


Shirley Chan



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Associate Professor

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Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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Dr Shirley Chan is Head in Chinese Studies, Department of International Studies and a member of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. She teaches various courses in Chinese studies and supervises postgraduates and PhD students in fields such as Chinese philosophy, literature, language and textual studies. Shirley Chan researches significant areas in traditional Chinese culture and ancient Chinese philosophy, with a focus on Confucianism and Daoism, ancient Chinese textual studies and intellectual history. She has published on traditional Chinese thought, early Confucianism and the excavated bamboo Chu slip texts. She serves as referee and on the board of a number of international journals in these fields. Her current research is on early Chinese thought as found expressed in the excavated Chu bamboo manuscripts dated to the fourth century BCE.

Traditional Chinese Culture aims to explore the main topics on Chinese culture. We will examine the themes of Chinese archaeology, philosophy, religion, ritual practice, political thinking and power, cosmology and spirituality. It will give students the opportunity to become more confident and fluent in conducting research on ancient China and related topics through guided readings, weekly lectures and tutorials, and create an atmosphere of inquiry, confident learning, interest and engagement. This course will help you reflect on the place of Chinese traditional values. Students will read and analyse sources on the relevant topics.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to 1) understand key concepts of Chinese culture and society; 2) develop skills in locating, analysing, evaluating and synthesising information from a wide variety of sources; 3) develop effective communication skills.

Students will also acquire other generic skills: 1) the capacity for analytical and critical thinking; 2) the ability to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners; 3) the acquisition of independent and reflective learning skills through assessing and responding to new ideas.

1.Introduction: Landscapes and Peoples

2. Art, Ritual and Political Culture in Early China. 

3.Dominant Ideas in the Formation of Chinese Culture.

4.Writing and Authority in Early China.

5. The Concept of li (ritual, rites and rules of propriety) 

6.Morality and immortality.

7.The order of nature and Heaven.

8.Cosmology and political culture in early China


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Tseng, Lilian, Lanying. Picturing Heaven in Early China (Harvard East Asian Monographs). Harvard University Asia Centre. 2011.


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