May 1st 2016

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

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Part 2 covers the period from the Qin to the Sui with the creation of the first unified empire and an exploration of state building and dissolution, focusing on the realization of the self and the influence of Buddhism during the medieval period. 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.

What you'll learn:

- About the creation of the first centralized bureaucratic empire in 221 BC through its dissolution and restoration: Why was the imperial model successful in China? What happened when it failed? How did the foreign religion of Buddhism gain a place in the landscape that continues still today?

- The political systems and changing state-society relations, which apply to all historical periods.

- About religion as a historical phenomenon.

- To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.

- To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.