Online course: Structuring Values in Modern China (part of the Long term online programme: History of China)
Dates: any time
Duration: 25 hours
Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 out of 15 ratings (see top rating courses here)
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Structuring Values in Modern China
This sequence of four courses will propose a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Chinese cultural history conceived of as a succession of modes of rationality (philosophical, bureaucratic, and economic). The focus will be on the moments of paradigm shift from one mode of rationality to another. For each of these moments, cultural facts and artifacts—thought, literature, ritual—will be examined in relationship to changing social, political, and economic systems.
The first two courses will cover the periods of the Warring States (481-256 BCE) and the Period of Division (220-589 CE), with a brief excursion into the Han (206 BCE-220 CE). The Warring States laid the social and cultural foundations for the emergence of the imperial mode of rationality; the Period of Division saw the Buddhist “conquest” of China and the emergence of a rationality defined by the opposition of the Three Teachings to shamanism, that is, of a clear contrast between elite and popular culture. The third and fourth courses will focus on the emergence of modern China in the Song-Yuan (960-1368) and of today’s China 1850 to the present. We will see how the modern attack on religion, redefined as “superstition”, led not only to religious reform movements but also to a society in which science and the nation became the primary value systems promoted by the state. The courses are listed below: A Critical Cultural History of China – Early China I: Intellectual Change in the Warring States and Han (481 BCE-220 CE) A Critical Cultural History of China – Early China II: Religious Transformation in the Period of Division (220-589 CE) A Critical Cultural History of China – Modern China I: Religion and Thought in the Song, Jin, and Yuan (960-1368) A Critical Cultural History of China – Modern China II: Structuring Values (1850-2015)
WEEK 1: 5 hours to complete
Module 21 Religion and Modernity
This module explains how science, the market, and the nation became the new structuring values of the intellectual elite in the 20th century and how this led to the destruction of traditional religions; how these religions resisted and incorporated the new values.
M21.2 Out with the Old
M21.4.1 Redemptive societies
WEEK 2: 1 hour to complete
Module 22 Economics
This module introduces how the traditional Chinese vision of the role of government militated against the development of market-based economics, how the science of economics came into being in 20th century China and how this profoundly modified the practice of government and the way human subjectivity is understood.
M22.1 Statecraft in China
M22.2 A modern market economy
WEEK 3: 3 hours to complete
Module 23 Science and Scientism
We are going to learn the distinction between science and scientism, how scientism was used to justify the rejection of traditional religions, and how a more accurate assessment of the nature of science re-opens a space for more traditional moral and religious concerns.
M23.1 Before the conflict
M23.2 The emergence of scientism
M23.3 The heyday of scientism
M23.4 The ongoing debate
WEEK 4: 4 hours to complete
Module 24 Gender
This module is about the role of gender bias among the intellectual elite in the 20th century and how various religious traditions, by contrast, promoted women’s empowerment over against the “public patriarchy”.
M24.2.2 Popular religion
M24.3.1 May Fourth
M24.3.2 The CCP
WEEK 5: 4 hours to complete
Module 25 Redemptive societies and charity halls
This module presents how lay religious movements, especially spirit writing groups, responded to the crisis of Chinese society in the 19th and 20th centuries; how groups like the Yiguandao went from political repression to acceptance; and how charity in modern China is inseparable from the history of these lay organizations.
M25.1 A sense of mission
M25.2.1 The end-times
M25.2.2 The dual structure
M25.3 The Yiguandao
M25.5 Two patterns
WEEK 6: 2 hours to complete
Module 26 Charismatic Christianity
This module states the power of attraction of charismatic Protestantism today, especially for women, its primarily indigenous origins and its similarities with other forms of popular religion.
WEEK 7: 6 hours to complete
Module 27 By Way of Conclusion
This module indicates the differences between Chinese and Western dualism and how they were impacted by their different writing systems; the meaning of the terms “patriarchal” and “humanistic” as applied to Chinese culture; how Chinese elite and popular culture were separated by a wide gap that has not yet been closed.
M27.1 Chinese and Western dualism
M27.2 Morphological thinking
M27.3 Daoist dualities
M27.4 Alternating or conflicting dualities?
M27.5 Daoxue dualism
M27.6 The role of writing
M27.7 Mitigated dualism
M27.8 Patriarchy with Chinese characteristics
M27.9 Chinese humanism
Long term programme
|Name of the course||Category||Educator||Price||Duration (hours)||Score||Number of ratings|
|Structuring Values in Modern China||History, Culture||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||FREE||25||4.6||15|
|Religion and Thought in Modern China: the Song, Jin, and Yuan||History, Culture||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||FREE||28||4.6||27|
|Intellectual Change in Early China: Warring States and Han||History, Culture||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||FREE||23||4.7||68|
|Religious Transformation in Early China: the Period of Division||History, Culture||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||FREE||22||4.8||27|