Owing to its rapid development in recent years, China has moved into the spotlight of the international arena. While understanding modern China's economy, technology and politics is important, knowing its cultural roots and evolution is no less crucial for seeing a full picture of Chinese culture. This course introduces 5 interesting aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
Key questions of the course
What was the origin of ancient Confucianism? How does ancient Confucian wisdom help us address the modern human predicament?
How does Daoism enlighten us with a butterfly and fish? What is the connection between Daoism and the equality of all living organisms?
Why does Buddhism see our present lifetime to be nothing but suffering? How do the Four Noble Truths help liberate us from suffering?
What is special about Chinese ancient warfare? Who is Sunzi? What is his book TheArt of War about? What can we learn from this famous book?
What are the main styles and themes of the paintings in the Song dynasty? Who were the famous painters in that period? How did they collectively usher in a new era of artistic achievement for Chinese traditional paintings?
A team of 5 experts in Chinese culture has designed the course. They are, in alphabetical order, Dr Chen, Dr Muelenbeld, Dr Fok, Dr Tse and Dr Wan.
The compact design of the mini-lectures suits the busy schedule of edX learners.
Introductions by animation hosts highlight the key questions of each unit.
Illustrations and maps are designed to liven up the mini-lectures.
Self-learning is supported by review questions and forums.
Cross-referencing enhances a fruitful learning experience across the units of the HKPolyUx series on Chinese culture.
Historical background of Confucianism
Kongzi's efforts to restore Zhou Li
Significance of Kongzi's teaching to the modern age
Daoism: Laozi and Zhuangzi
Butterfly and fish: Language and being
Laozi and Kongzi on order
One world: Within and outside us
Interconnection, equality and ecology
Buddhism in China
From a prince to the Buddha
The First Noble Truth: Suffering
The Second Noble Truth: Cause of suffering
The Third Noble Truth: Elimination of suffering
The Fourth Noble Truth: Paths to enlightenment
Ancient Chinese Warfare and Sunzi's TheArt of War
Civilization and warfare
From oracle bones to chariot warfare
Background of Sunzi's TheArt of War
Understanding TheArt of War : Chapters 1 to 7
Understanding The Art of War : Chapters 8 to 13
Chinese Paintings in the Song Dynasty
Northern Song Painting Style: Monumental Realism
Transitional Painting: Li Tang
Southern Song Painting Style: Lyrical Representation
Literati Painting (Wenrenhua)
Chan Painting: Mu Qi
Lang Chen, Silvia Fok, Mark Meulenbeld, Wicky Tse and David Wan