Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    
    Jun 18, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021
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ARTH 2800 - Introduction to the Arts of China

(crosslisted) ARKEO 2800 , ASIAN 2288 , SHUM 2800 
(GHB) (LA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading (no audit).

A. Pan.

This course offers a survey of the art and culture of China from the Neolithic period to the twenty-first century to students who have no previous background in Chinese studies. The course begins with an inquiry into the meaning of national boundaries and the controversial definition of the Han Chinese people, which will help us understand and define the scope of Chinese culture. Pre-dynastic (or prehistoric) Chinese culture will be presented based both on legends about the origins of the Chinese and on scientifically excavated artifacts. Art of the dynastic periods will be presented in light of contemporaneous social, political, geographical, philosophical and religious contexts. This course emphasizes hands-on experience using the Chinese art collection at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art for teaching and assignments. In addition to regular sections conducted in the museum, students are strongly encouraged to visit the museum often to appreciate and study artworks directly.



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