This course introduces the student to the broad outlines of the cultural history of traditional China from the roots of Chinese civilization (about 70,000 BCE), the earliest historical records (about 1200 BCE) up through the late imperial period (about 1644 CE). Students can might play the First Emperor, Confucius or Dschingis Khan and describe his respective contribution to Chinese history. Students will learn about the Terracotta warriors, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City etc.
This course provides a broad overview on Chinese Civilization from the last Imperial Dynasty (Qing) until the present day. Students can play the Last Emperor, Mao Zedong or Deng Xiaoping and describe the respective contribution to Chinese history. Students will learn about the Empire, the Republic, the People's Republic today etc.
This course introduces masterpieces of traditional Chinese literature (1500 BCE - 1644 CE) within the historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic context. We read in English translation Chinese classics, poetry of Tang and Song dynasty and the novels of late Ming dynasty. Students choose an author to identify with, present him or her in a role play, reporting his/her personal view on his/her own works and their place in history.
This course introduces masterpieces of modern and contemporary Chinese literature (1644 CE till today) within the historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic context. We read in English translation Chinese short stories, poem, excerpts from novels. Students choose an author to identify with, present him or her in a role play, report his/her personal view on his/her own works and his/her place in history.
Students screen and discuss a selection of films from internationally acclaimed Chinese directors. Students pick a film director or actor and enact him/her throughout the semester in class. They present his/her philosophy, style, works and view, and put him/her into the context of Chinese film history. Moreover, they interact with other "film directors" and exchange views.