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American Encounters with China

HNR 360 - American Encounters with China

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2017
Class #: 19917
Section: M006
Credits: 3


Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Course Global Non-Euro, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
TuTh 09:30am-10:50am

Bowne Hall 306A

Course Description:

This seminar focuses on the modern history of United States-China relations as viewed through the biographies of Americans who have been deeply involved with China. We will consider the lives of diplomats, politicians, revolutionaries, business persons, religious leaders, artists, architects, journalists, scientists, scholars, and others. Each of you will be asked to study one of these individuals.

One goal for the seminar is to consider the value of biography, both as a creative process and as a way to interpret history. Another is to gain the research and writing skills needed to produce a compelling story. A third goal is to shed light on the ideas, attitudes, and experiences that have shaped American thinking about China.

Course requirements include classroom discussions, a mid-term exam, and writing and presenting a final paper. A library specialist will advise us on research methods, and we will workshop some of your drafts in the classroom. The seminar is open to all disciplines. No prior knowledge of China or U.S. foreign policy is necessary, although an open and curious mind is essential.