China (Part 4): A New National Culture

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China (Part 4): A New National 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 t...

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 fourth 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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16 Reviews for China (Part 4): A New National Culture

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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 138 reviews
  • 119 completed
6 years, 10 months ago
This was a valuable edition to the China series. It is certainly a critical link between the ancient and modern era. Should take Part 1 & 2 before this one (you can leave out 3 without loss of continuity). I have learned far more about Chinese culture and history than expected.
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  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
7 years, 1 month ago
This fourth installment of the ten-part mini-MOOC series examines education, economics and philosophy of government. It discusses the rise of Neo- Confucianism and how various Confucian schools dealt with personal, social and economic issues.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 1 month ago
This is part 4 of a 10 part course on the history of China. Fascinating information presented well. The sound on the videos is sketchy at times. This part involved reading a lot of texts which were time consuming, but very interesting. Would recommend this course.
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 15 reviews
  • 15 completed
7 years, 5 months ago
* My Prior Experience: I had finished the three previous mini-courses about China, offered by Harvard University. * Evaluation activities: Nothing special. 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 and interview with experts, to aid understanding. \- 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 the three previous mini-courses about China, offered by Harvard University. * Evaluation activities: Nothing special. 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 and interview with experts, to aid understanding. \- 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! The sound!!! I cannot believe they did not fix the sound yet! \- This part, in particullar, has too much texts too read, so that it becomes almost impossible to conciliate this course with other activities. In fact, I read just a few texts. \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: This forth part of ChinaX focuses on the transition from Tang to Song Dynasty, presenting its philosophical, political, social and economic changes. Comparing to other parts, I think this one was more exhausting. Nonetheless, as a sequence of a whole course, it is an important course as well. (Course taken between April and May 2014).
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
This material is entirely new to me. We have covered Chinese history, literature, culture etc. etc. from earliest history to the seventeenth century so far with much more to come. It requires an investment of time and effort to understand the material, but it is well worth the effort. The presentation is varied and always interesting. an amazing amount of effort has gone into the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
I truly admire the ambition of this course. It has unbelievable breadth and depth, yet is accessible and also rigorous. As a novice on China, I have learned a great deal and would highly recommend it to anyone in my position. The teaching is expert and responsive - what more could you ask.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
It's been a very fascinating course. I couldn't get the certificate because I didn't partecipate a lot in the discussions but it's still recommended.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 9 months ago
For people interested in diving into China's development on cultural, political and general societal level HarvardX provides this wonderful ChinaX education programme. The offered lectures enable a deep insight. Vivid exchange with fellow students and Professors Bol and Kirby makes learning even more fruitful. If possible, I recommend taking a little bit more time than the estimated to also work with embedded secondary material.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
ChinaX are the best MOOCs I have come by to date. It's so visual! Also packed with info, the lecturers have a clear and concise explanation style and the tests are easy to do but made in such a way that you need to have paid proper attention.
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9/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
This course and other ChinaX are the best MOOCs I have ever taken. The lectures are interesting, the speakers are experts, the subjects are well presented in an entertaining way. Sometines it's a little difficult, especially for a non English native like me, but I am enjoying it very much.
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7 years, 5 months ago
For people interested in diving into China's development on cultural, political and general societal level HarvardX provides this wonderful ChinaX education programme. The offered lectures enable a deep insight. Vivid exchange with fellow students and Professors Bol and Kirby makes learning even more fruitful. If possible, I recommend taking a little bit more time than the estimated to also work with embedded secondary material.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
  • 11 completed
7 years, 5 months ago
Great course. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese history and culture. This module is slightly more complicated than the previous ones, but it is doable. The whole ChinaX series is worth looking at.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
I had read a few histories of China, in one ear and out the other honestly, just a litany of dynasties, "the men all so good for nothing and hardly any women at all". This class is amazing. The combination of lectures, discussions with people from around the world, exercises, demonstrations and other materials, is just great. And I really appreciate the focus on big picture themes, and on connecting the material to other places and times. I wolf down each week and long for more!
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
This course is well and creatively designed, using a variety of learning modes and materials. The material covered is fascinating, and they manage not to get bogged down in endless dates and dynasties, but find big picture themes that really elucidate the history and most importantly, draw the student into thinking about what it means and how it relates to the current world and other times.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 5 months ago
I really liked this course because it used art, history, literature, guest speakers, and video which kept the course moving and interesting--never a dull moment. I have never enjoyed a course so much and hope to complete all the mini-modules.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
  • 3 completed
7 years, 5 months ago
It's been a very fascinating course. I couldn't get the certificate because I didn't partecipate a lot in the discussions but it's still recommended.
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