China (Part 3): Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture

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China (Part 3): Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture

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Please note that this course is self-paced and you can enroll at any time. The course will take 4 weeks to complete. 


This course is presented in English with limited video subtitles in Chinese.


Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and infrastructure investment that aspires to global leadership; and the world's largest and oldest bureaucratic state, with multiple traditions in its cultural, economic, and political life. The modern society and state that is emerging in China bears the indelible imprint of China's historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought. These themes are discussed in order to understand China in the twenty-­‐first century and as a great world civilization that developed along along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

ChinaX introduces new features to make ...

Please note that this course is self-paced and you can enroll at any time. The course will take 4 weeks to complete. 


This course is presented in English with limited video subtitles in Chinese.


Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and infrastructure investment that aspires to global leadership; and the world's largest and oldest bureaucratic state, with multiple traditions in its cultural, economic, and political life. The modern society and state that is emerging in China bears the indelible imprint of China's historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought. These themes are discussed in order to understand China in the twenty-­‐first century and as a great world civilization that developed along along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

ChinaX introduces new features to make the riches of Harvard's visual collections and the expertise of its faculty more accessible to learners worldwide. We will engage intellectual and religious trends, material and political culture, the local diversity and the national unity, art and literature, and China’s economic and political transformation— past, present and future.

This is the third of ten ChinaX "Mini-­Courses" that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each mini-­course consists of 4 to 8 weekly "modules," each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums.

HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.

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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
This was one of my favourite modules of the brilliant ChinaX journey (ten parts)! The combination of lessons about socio-political and other developments during the Tang Dynasty as well as the deep and immersive look – enhanced by joyful hands-on exercises and follow-up discussions – into Tang poetry and calligraphy was highly motivational and inspiring. And it was especially this insight into the arts that helped to understand the Tang society's mentality, structure, and cultural blossom and how it was able to influence Asia and also the world back then. Professor Bol, his wonderful guest, Professor Stephen Owen, and the whole ChinaX team did an outstanding job for sure!
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4/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 10 months ago
Well this was a disappointment. Should be titled Poetry, Calligraphy and a story from Tang period. First two modules are worth going through, skip the rest or skip it altogether, I don't think it'll be missed from the series. Part 1 & 2 from the series are great. This part is disjointed. Hopefully Part 4 will be back in flow.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 24 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
You will learn many things about the history of China. This course is part of the China X series and once you take one, you will want to take them all. Fascinating details and facts well presented. Would recommend this course.
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Dianne Owens profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
This third installment of the ten-part mini-MOOC series discusses the role of culture with the Tang. We learn about calligraphy, poetry and text in the everyday life of those with the means to indulge in such things. Learning about Chinese calligraphy fonts was pretty neat, and I find much of the material still floating around in my mind in a meaningful way. The course taught students a bit about the structure of poetry during this era, as well as offering some insight into storytelling by way of examining a specific manuscript published during this period.
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Victor Campos Silveira profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
  • 15 reviews
  • 15 completed
7 years, 5 months ago
* My Prior Experience: I was following the sequence of courses provided by Harvard. * Evaluation activities: Nothing has changed. 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, with lots of supporting material to aid understanding. Interviews with experts were used in this course too. \- 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. Some videos of Prof. Bol discussing with their students in classroom were included in this part. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open unti... * My Prior Experience: I was following the sequence of courses provided by Harvard. * Evaluation activities: Nothing has changed. 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, with lots of supporting material to aid understanding. Interviews with experts were used in this course too. \- 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. Some videos of Prof. Bol discussing with their students in classroom were included in this part. \- 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 remains the main problem. I cannot believe no one in Harvard can solve it! \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: The third part of ChinaX covers the Tang Dynasty and its cosmopolitan culture, since it spreads their values around the world, from Far East to Near East, passing through Indian Ocean. In this part, poetry and calligraphy are analised in depth. It was worthy to continue the course. I enjoyed very much! (Course taken in March 2014).
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