• Two Thousand Years of Sino-foreign Cultural Exchanges
    • School of Humanities
    • Credit. 2
    • CL025
    • CURRENT
    • Spring , 2016
    • 2178
    • Course Description:
    • ( Exchange Programme )
    • This course investigates cultural exchanges between China and the outside world during the past two thousand years. It will cover various topics, including the Silk Road trades, the receptions of Buddhism, Muslim and Christianity, the spread of Chinese inventions to the Old World, Admiral Zheng He’s voyages from China to Africa during the 14th century, and etc. The goal of this course is to demonstrate that even though China is geographically isolated from the rest of Eurasia by mountains, deserts and oceans, Chinese civilization managed to engage in important cultural exchanges with other major civilizations via land and ocean routes, and that had significant impacts both to the development of China and the world.
      This Course is open to both international and domestic students, aiming to improve cross-cultural understandings. This course will organize a field trip to Shanghai Museum.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • Section 1: From the Origin to the Tang Dynasty
      Week1: Geography of China/Chinese Writing System/Imperial System
      Week 2: Relations between Qin-Han China (221B.C.-A.D.220) and Xiongnu (Huns) beyond the Great Wall
      Week 3: The Fall of the Han Imperial Order and the Fragmentation of China
      Week 4: The Rise of Sui-Tang (589-907) Cosmopolitanism
      Week 5: Silk Road I-Trade and the Spread of Technology
      Week 6: Silk Road II-Buddhism, Islam, Persian Religion and Arts

      Section Two: Song and Yuan
      Week 7: The Fall of the Tang Imperial Order and the Fragmentation of China
      Week 8: Song, Liao and Jin: cultural exchanges within China
      Week 9: Maritime Trade
      Week 10: Yuan and the Mongol Empire
      Week 11: Silk Road III-Islam and Nestorian Christianity
      Section Three: Ming and Qing
      Week 12: The Fall of the Mongol Empire and the Rise of Ming
      Week 13: Admiral Zheng He’s Voyages
      Week 14: Field Trip
      Week 15: The First Encounter with the West-Jesuits in Ming and Qing China
      Week 16: Final Exam
    • Schedule:
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    • Zhaoyang Zhang
    • Associate Professor
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    • Male
    • E-mail:
    • zzy001@sjtu.edu.cn
    • Profile
    • Zhang Zhaoyang had his Ph.D. in history from University of California at Berkeley in 2010. He is an associate professor in the department of history, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Having many publications in leading domestic and international journals, he has very broad research interests, which include history of Sino-foreign cultural exchanges, Chinese legal history, social history and etc.
  • Prerequisite Course:

    No

  • Textbooks:

    TBD
  • Grading:

    Classroom performance (30%)
    Final Exam (70%)
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