China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire

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China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire

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China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire is the second of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly "modules," each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.

Parts 1-5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol. Parts 6-10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby

For more information about ChinaX, please visit the ChinaX page.


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China (Part 2): The Creation and End of Centralized Empire is the second of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly "modules," each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.

Parts 1-5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol. Parts 6-10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby

For more information about ChinaX, please visit the ChinaX page.


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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 7 months ago
Both the course and the professors are excellent!! Content is digested without becoming superficial and the course is continually presented in an engaging manner. I had no real exposure to China before the course, despite business trips to both Beijing and Shanghai (both of which were spent inside conference rooms!). The course's design, content and importantly the instructor's presentations do not presume any prior exposure to China or its history. This allowed an only moderately interested participant like me to feel OK and welcomed. And, I should add, eventually captivated by the course and by the reality and complexity of China as a nation, polity and people. I am now reading my fifth book on China. This would never had happened had I not taken this fabulous course!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 7 months ago
Course is full of great information and well organized. Learned more than I expected. I recommend you take the first China course in this series (SW12x) before this one because the first course provides a broad look at the starting point of Chinese history that provides a base for this second course. The historical period covered by this part (300 BCE to 450 AD) builds directly off the base outlined in the first part.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 24 completed
4 years, 10 months ago
Interesting course, part of the China X series, which goes into detail about the history of China. Very knowledgeable professors and guests. Would recommend this course.
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  • 30 completed
4 years, 10 months ago
This course follows on chronologically from the first installment in the mini- series. In this second part, we see the events leading up to the rise of Buddhism in China. Though I have some mild exposure to Buddhism due to some books on the subject, I found that this course offered some well-needed context for understanding the religion and its popularity.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
* My Prior Experience: I had finished ChinaX, Part 1, one week before. * Evaluation activities: Basically the same as the first part. There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, usually following a logical and chronological order. Besides, some interviews were included in this part. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC.... * My Prior Experience: I had finished ChinaX, Part 1, one week before. * Evaluation activities: Basically the same as the first part. There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, usually following a logical and chronological order. Besides, some interviews were included in this part. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound still has serious problems: it is very low. \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: This second part of ChinaX covers especially the Qin and Han Dynasties, as well as their main characteristics, such as government, culture, philosophy etc. It was an excellent sequence, brief and deep. I really recommend it for those who want to learn something about this new contemporary power. (Course taken in March 2014).
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