China (Part 1): The Political and Intellectual Foundations of China

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China (Part 1): The Political and Intellectual Foundations of China

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China (Part 1) is one of ten courses in the ChinaX Series. Part 1 remains open for enrollment to serve as a preview for new learners who are interested in exploring ChinaX. Please note, you will not receive a certificate as the series already closed. The next iteration of the ChinaX series will launch in the coming months. Stay tuned! To learn more about ChinaX, we hope you will join us and ChinaX learners world-wide on this ChinaX Community Page.


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 i...

China (Part 1) is one of ten courses in the ChinaX Series. Part 1 remains open for enrollment to serve as a preview for new learners who are interested in exploring ChinaX. Please note, you will not receive a certificate as the series already closed. The next iteration of the ChinaX series will launch in the coming months. Stay tuned! To learn more about ChinaX, we hope you will join us and ChinaX learners world-wide on this ChinaX Community Page.


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 first 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.


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17 Reviews for China (Part 1): The Political and Intellectual Foundations of China

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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
The course was interesting and enjoyable. However it was taken as a self paced/anytime course with no time limit and an Honor Certificate was to be issued at the end. Just towards the end of completing the course, without advising me, the college assessed a final grade and ceased issuing certificates. I subsequently achieved a high pass mark and received no certificate as a result. Advised Edex, but the college did not acknowledge their error. Very disappointed and if possible I would give the provider nil stars.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
Very interesting study of China. I intend to take the remaining parts. I did just take a course on Ancient Chinese Thought which covered the same period of time as this course but the other course had much more detail. This course is more of a surface look so it is easier and less time commitment which is fine because it still provides a great introduction and general look at the topic. Well worth taking.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 8 months ago
I expect to learn Chinese history from a western perspective, which I did through ChinaX. I like the video lectures, use of audio-visual materials and explanations provided by the profs and the PhD students. I hope there will be a mini-course that covers the development of China since 1979, the beginning of the contemporary reform.
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 8 months ago
it's interesting and inspiring that seeing China in a different view, especially in the western view.
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5 years, 8 months ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
I was unsure of the specifics of this course when I first enrolled, other than that I would expand my knowledge of Asia. This course was a great introduction to the 10-part series, laying the foundation for the rest of the series by offering some insight into the events that lead up to the philosophical school of Confucianism. I really enjoyed the material and felt inspired to learn more. As such, I have signed up for the rest of the series, finishing the first four installments and currently being stuck into the fifth ahead of part 7 going live.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 24 completed
5 years, 10 months ago
This is a ten part course on the history of China. Fascinating information clearly presented. Self paced as long as you complete all the required work by the end of part 10 if you want certificates. Uses multiple learning formats and guest lecturers. Would recommend.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Amazing interactive course followed by more than a thousand enthusiast students. Wide variety of material covered from history to arts to philosophy to politics. The teachers are very knowledgeable and passionate.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
* My Prior Experience: I could point China in a map. Besides, I knew too little about this Asian country. * Evaluation activities: 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. \- 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 has serious problems: it is ... * My Prior Experience: I could point China in a map. Besides, I knew too little about this Asian country. * Evaluation activities: 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. \- 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 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 is the first part of ChinaX and it covers from the origins of China to the Warring States (around 200BC), passing through the Shang and the Zhou Dinasty. It is a good course, especially for presenting a new viewpoint about History. I loved to put aside my Eurocentric formation and learn a little about a traditional Eastern civilisation. It puts things in perspective!!! (Course taken in March 2014).
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 2 months ago
This is an excellent course and an adventure to be a part of. An absolute favorite for me in the MOOC universe. When I enrolled to the course I did not know, that it was such a long course and that it consisted of so many parts. But I decided to check the first part out, and I got hooked. Right now I am in the fifth part, and I do not want the course to end. Lucky it is a while left... I took a break during the third part, due to lack of time, and have then caught up again. New certification rounds follow after four months. All previous courses are open during the whole course, and for the best learning I think it is best to start from the beginning. The course starts in pre- historic times and studies China through different perspectives into our age. It is interesting, fun and in a creative, cozy atmosphere, delivered by an amazing team. It is an experience to be a ChinaXer, part of a global community and waiting for the week's Off... This is an excellent course and an adventure to be a part of. An absolute favorite for me in the MOOC universe. When I enrolled to the course I did not know, that it was such a long course and that it consisted of so many parts. But I decided to check the first part out, and I got hooked. Right now I am in the fifth part, and I do not want the course to end. Lucky it is a while left... I took a break during the third part, due to lack of time, and have then caught up again. New certification rounds follow after four months. All previous courses are open during the whole course, and for the best learning I think it is best to start from the beginning. The course starts in pre- historic times and studies China through different perspectives into our age. It is interesting, fun and in a creative, cozy atmosphere, delivered by an amazing team. It is an experience to be a ChinaXer, part of a global community and waiting for the week's Office hour and a new module. I can really, really recommend to hop in and start following ChinaX.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
  • 11 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Outstanding course. One of the best MOOCs around, and certainly special when you take account of the course length, great attention to details and unseen level of dedication that the course instructors and stuff have put into it. My prior knowledge about history and culture of China was vague to say the least, and I really feel that this course is broadening my horizons. I came to the course late, so I had to retake the first 3 modules in self paced fashion and it is doable. We are now at part 5. It feels overwhelming dealing with very similar, unfamiliar and foreign names, and there are many thing that I have encountered for the first time, but the course is long, spanning through the whole year so there is time for every information to sink in.
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6 years, 2 months ago
As someone 67 years of age ,i found this course to be excellent and not too difficult in order to obtain certificates. Reviews that are critical of length seem to forget how many years the course covers.Such a length of history cannot be done well if the idea is to make short course duration the crucial component of the course. And I really had no previous knowledge of the subject except from mass media so the depth presented was truly gratifying.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
It´s a stupendous course but although fractionated is too heavy and long. The problem which, certainly cannot be done without is the chinese nomenclature. Many names are similar or equal to each other. That of course is real life, that's China. It's amazing how they can tell one from the other. I could not complete more than Part One and even so somewhat after the expiry date. Unfortunately though I passed the mark of 75% I did not get the certificate. Pity. I have enjoyed it very much, I have learnt s lot and I pray my homage to professors and staff. Thanks
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 5 months ago
I liked the Chinese philosophy before China becomes popular in the western world, and I studied Chinese Medicine at university. I am a passionate on this subject. And the course is top. It is 'all' there! On the other side the entire course is too long.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years, 6 months ago
I had no idea about China before taking the course. The videos, graphics, maps and material presented in the course is amazing. Easy to understand and remember. History of China is complex, but the instructors explained it easily and in a really entertaining way. The evaluations were well designed and easy to respond. Excellent course for anyone wanting to understand more about Chinese history, ideology and origins.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Excellent course, easy to follow and very well organized. Assigments are interesting and teachers extremely smart.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Fantastic. A comprehensive, detailed, and entertaining history of China, from prehistory to contemporary times. It is a very long course, over a year, in fact, started in October 2013 and ending in February 2015
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