Course schedule S23

Weekly Schedule:
  • Week 1: Orientation, setting up, basics of Chinese history (Jan. 17 – 19)
  • Week 2: Shang period bronzes and bones (Jan. 24 – Jan. 26)
  • Week 3: The Great Wall of China, and Library session 1 (Jan. 31 – Feb. 2)
  • Week 4: Tombs in early China, and Library session 2 (Feb. 7 – Feb. 9)
  • Week 5: The (sometimes exotic) material world of Tang China (Feb. 16 – Feb. 18)
  • Week 6: Textiles and silks (Feb. 21 – Feb. 23)
  • Week 7: Money money money (Feb. 28 – March 2)
  • Week 8: Buildings: vernacular architecture and/or the Forbidden City/Palace Museum (Mar. 7 – Mar. 9)
  • Spring Break: no class
  • Week 9: the world of the scholar (books, inkstones, calligraphy) (Mar. 21 – Mar. 23)
  • Week 10: ceramics and porcelain (Mar. 28 – Mar. 30)
  • Week 11: artisans: the people who make the “stuff” (Apr. 4 – Apr. 6 )
  • Week 12: Chinese collectors (Apr. 11 – Apr. 13)
  • Week 13: Western collectors and museums (Apr. 18 – Apr. 20)
  • Week 14: Buffer zone (Apr. 25 – Apr. 27)
  • Week 15: The last pieces: reviews of drafts etc, conclusions and evaluations (May 2 – May 4)

Finals week (May 8 – 12):

Final project