PSCI 345 Spring 2013 Cosmology and Rulership in Ancient Chinese Political Thought (W)

This class will involve students in close reading of, and exegetical writing about, core texts of ancient Chinese political thought. The purpose is to gain an understanding of a number of different perspectives on politics and leadership, especially Confucianism, Legalism and Taoism. While the primary focus will be on the meaning of the texts in the context of their own times, contemporary applications of core concepts will also be considered. The class will begin with background readings, since no prior work in Chinese philosophy or history is assumed. Then the class will read significant portions of the following canonical works: The Analects, Mencius, the Daodejing, Zhuangzi, and Han Feizi.
Class Format: discussion/lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: two five page papers and one fifteen page paper
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ASST Interdepartmental Electives, INST East Asian Studies Electives,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses,PSCI Political Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3660
PSCI345-01(S) LEC Ancient Chinese Polit Thought (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive George T. Crane
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hollander 040 3660
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