PSCI 345
Cosmology and Rulership in Ancient Chinese Political Thought Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills
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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.
The Class: Type: discussion/lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3570
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page papers and one 15-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
PSCI Political Theory Courses

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