Courses

Non-Language Courses

This page shows the courses applicable for the Chinese Studies Major and/or minor offered by the following various departments and programs.  Most have been approved for automatic use towards earning a Chinese Studies Major and/or minor. Not every course is available each quarter or every year. For the posted updated list of approved courses in any given quarter either:

Check the link(s) above or the UCSD Schedule of Classes
OR
Contact the individual department found below

Courses marked with Petition Required mean students will need to complete and submit a petition for approval in order for the course to be accepted for the Major and/or minor. When submitting a petition, each student should bring a minimum of a syllabus as proof of a course's content. Student should bring the courses's textbooks, homework, handouts, exams, papers and all notes taken as proof of the content of a course. Non-language courses MUST at least 50% or more about Chinese Studies to earn a student 4 or more quarter units applicable to either a Chinese Studies Major or minor. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept courses whose topic covers the Asian-American experience such as those offered by the Ethnic Department at UCSD or from programs abroad.

Various Courses are avaliable from the following deparments or programs: 

| Anthropology | Communications | History | IRPS | Literature | Music | Political Science | | Sociology | Third World Studies | Visual Arts |

Anthropology Department
Contact this department with questions, for availability and/or authorization at anthropologyinfo@ucsd.edu

  • ANSC 136 Traditional Chinese Society
    Course examines major institutions and culture patterns of traditional China, especially as studied through ethnographic sources. Topics include familism, religion, agriculture, social mobility, and personality.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing. (Formerly known as ANRG 170.)
    Note: Credit not allowed for both ANRG 170 and ANSC 136.
  • ANSC 137 Chinese Popular Religion
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.
    The religious world of ordinary precommunist times, with some reference to major Chinese religious traditions. Background in premodern Chinese history is recommended.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing. (Formerly known as ANRG 173.)
    Note: Credit not allowed for both ANRG 173 and ANSC 137.

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Communications Department
http://communication.ucsd.edu/courses.html
Contact Communications with questions, for availability and/or authorization at (858) 534-4410.

  • COSF 140A Comparative Media Systems: Asia (4 units)
    Note (1) Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.
    Note (2) Course must be 50% or more on China, Taiwan, HK, etc.
    The development of media systems in Asia: focusing on India and China. Debates over nationalism, regionalism, globalization, new technologies, identity politics, censorship, privatization and media piracy. Alignments and differences with North American and European media systems will also be considered.
    Prerequisites: COSF 100 or consent of instructor

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History Department
http://history.ucsd.edu/ http://history.ucsd.edu/courses/currentcourses.html
  • HILD 10 East Asia: The Great Tradition
    Chinese Studies Major required LD history Course

    The evolution of East Asian civilization from the first writing through classical Hei’an Japan and late imperial Song China. Primary and secondary readings on basic ideas, institutions and practices of the Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist paths and of the state and family.
     
  • HILD 11 East Asia and the West
    Chinese Studies Major required LD history Course
    From the Mongol conquests to China’s last dynasty and Japan’s annexation of Korea, this course examines political, institutional, and cultural ruptures and continuities as the East Asian countries responded to the challenges of Western imperialism with defense, reform, conservative reaction and creative imitation.
     
  • HILD 12 Twentieth-Century East Asia
    Chinese Studies Major required LD history Course
    Examines the emergence of a regionally dominant Japan before and after World War II; the process of revolution and state-building in China during the Nationalist and Communist eras; and Korea’s encounter with colonialism, nationalism, war, revolution and industrialization.
     
  • HIEA 119 Religion and Popular Culture in East Asia
    Historical, social, and cultural relationships between religion and popular culture. Secularization of culture through images, worldviews, and concepts of right and wrong that may either derive from, or pose challenges to, the major East Asian religions.  Note: Course cross-listed as SOC/B 162R
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing
  • HIEA 120 The History of Chinese Culture and Society: The Ancient Imperial Period
    The relation of social, political, and economic developments to the philosophical and religious traditions of China c. 1200 B.C. to 400 A.D., including Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, correlative cosmology, and ideas about fate, spirits, and health. Previous course work on China helpful but not required.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 121 The History of Chinese Culture and Society: The Middle Imperial Period
    course description not yet available
  • HIEA 122 The History of Chinese Culture and Society: The Late Imperial Period
    Using primary and secondary sources, we survey the interactions of ideas and institutions in the commercial economy of China from the tenth through the eighteenth centuries, and consider their impact on the lives of individuals. Previous course work on China helpful but not required.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 124 (also listed as HISC 110) Science in China and the West from Ancient Times to the 17th Century
    course description not yet available
  • HIEA 126 The Silk Road in Chinese and Japanese History
    This course studies the peoples, cultures, religions, economics, arts, and technologies of the trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road from c. 200 BCE to 1000 CE. We will use an interdisciplinary approach. Primary sources will include written texts and visual materials. We will examine these trade routes as an early example of globalization.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 128 History of Material Culture in China
    Introduction to material culture in China from a historical perspective. Consider Chinese primary sources (including both historical texts and objects) from the point of view of the new interdisciplinary field of material culture studies.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 130 History of the Modern Chinese Revolution: 1800–1911
    From the Opium War to the 1911 Revolution. Key topics include ethnic identity under Manchu rule, the impact of Western imperialism, the Taiping and other rebellions, overseas Chinese, social change and currents of reform, and the rise of Chinese nationalism.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 131 (IP/GEN 408). History of the Modern Chinese Revolution: 1911–1949
    An exploration of the formative period of the twentieth-century Chinese Revolution: the New Culture Movement, modern urban culture, the nature of Nationalist (Guomindang) rule, war with Japan, revolutionary nationalism, and the Chinese Communist rise to power.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 132 History of the People’s Republic of China
    This course analyzes the history of the PRC from 1949 to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the problem of postrevolutionary institutionalization, the role of ideology, the tension between city and countryside, Maoism, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution.
  • HIEA 133 Cultural History of Twentieth-Century China
    This course looks at how the historical problems of twentieth-century China are treated in the popular and elite cultures of the Nationalist and Communist eras. Special emphasis is placed on film and fiction.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 134 History of Thought and Religion in China: Confucianism
    Course will take up one of the main traditions of Chinese thought or religion , Confucianism, and trace it from its origins to the present. The course will explain the system of thought and trace it as it changes through history and within human lives and institutions.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 135 History of Thought and Religion in China: Buddhism
    Course will take up one of the main traditions of Chinese thought or religion, Buddhism, and trace it from its origins to the present. The course will explain the system of thought and trace it as it changes through history and within human lives and institutions.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 136 History of Thought and Religion in China: Daoism
    Course will take up one of the main traditions of Chinese thought or religion, Daoism, and trace it from its origins to the present. The course will explain the system of thought and trace it as it changes through history and within human lives and institutions.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIEA 137 Women and Family in Chinese History
    The course explores the institutions of family and marriage, and women’s roles and experiences within the family and beyond, from classical times to the early twentieth century.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • HIRE 115 Women in Chinese Religious Traditions
  • HITO 102 Religious Traditions: East Asian Religious Traditions
Colloquia

The following courses are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. All of the courses below require students to have (1) upper-division (for undergrad students) or graduate standing (for grad students) as well as (2) instructor and/or History Department approval to enroll in the course. 

Course requirements for each course may differ for undergraduate, MA and PhD students.

Note: All students pursuing a Chinese Studies B.A. must complete a colloquium course. 

  • HIEA 162 History of Women in China
    course description not yet available
  • HIEA 164 Seminar in Late Imperial Chinese History
    Pairs primary sources with scholarship built on them to illuminate later imperial state, society, and individual lives, and to show how historians generate and answer questions. Topics vary; may be repeated for credit. Graduate students will be expected to submit an additional paper or project. 
  • HIEA 165 History of Material Culture in China
    course description not yet available

  • HIEA 166 Creating Ming Histories
    The Ming (1368–1644) is often considered expanding Europe’s opposite: absolutist, closed, and stagnant. Reading new scholarship in conjunction with its primary sources, we’ll explore the period’s dynamic politics and competitive society, and the production of historical knowledge. Graduate students will be required to submit an additional paper.
     
  • HIEA 167 Special Topics on Modern Chinese History
    This seminar examines various domestic and international issues in Chinese history from 1800 to recent times. When topics vary, may be repeated for credit. Graduate students will be required to submit a more substantial piece of work or an additional paper.
     
  • HIEA 168 Special Topics in Classical and Medieval Chinese History
    Chinese society, thought, religion, culture, economy and politics from the Shang through the Song dynasties, through primary and secondary sources. Topics vary; may be repeated for credit. Requirements differ for undergraduate, MA and PhD students. Graduate students will be required to submit a more substantial piece of work or an additional paper.
     
  • HIEA 170 Colloquium on Science, Technology and Medicine in China
    course description not yet available
  • HIEA 171 Society and Culture/Premodern China
    Explores premodern Chinese society and culture through the reading and discussion of classics and masterpieces in history. Examines how values and ideas were represented in the texts and how they differed, developed, or shifted over time. Requirements will vary for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. Graduate students are required to submit an additional paper.
     
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Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS)
http://irps.ucsd.edu/
Contact this department with questions to check availability at (858) 534-7647.

Note: Undergraduate students who qualify who wish to take a graduate level course may do so, follow the instructions and requirements below:

  1. Undergraduate students will need to take an add card to the professor
  2. Confirm approval before meeting with Kate at IR/PS
  3. Prior knowledge of the topic
  4. Minimum 3.0 GPA
  5. Undergraduates cannot take more than 4 courses during a quarter when enrolled in an IRGN
  • IRGN 400 International Relations of Asia-Pacific
    International relations and developing international political economies of nations bordering the Pacific. Topics include: the “Pacific Basin” concept; the U.S. and “hegemonic-stability” theory; legacies of the Korean War and Sino-Soviet dispute; immigration patterns and their consequences; and Japan’s foreign policy.
  • IRGN 404 Chinese Politics
    This course will analyze post-1949 Chinese politics, including political institutions, the policy making process, and citizen political behavior. Special attention will be given to the prospects for political reform in China.
  • IRGN 461 Doing Business in China
    This course describes the Chinese commercial, organizational, and cultural environment. Case studies of foreign businesses in China are examined, and the opportunities and pitfalls of operation in China are considered. Negotiation with Chinese counterparts is covered through a negotiation exercise. The focus is on mainland China, but some attention is given to business in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well. Students are required to prepare business plans for proposed Chinese ventures.
  • IRGN 486 Economic and Social Development of China
    This course examines China’s development experience from a generally economic standpoint. Contents include: patterns of traditional Chinese society and economy; geography and resource constraints, impact of the West and Japan; development since 1949 and contemporary problems and options.

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Literature Department
Note: In order for courses to satisfy the Chinese Studies requirement, all courses must be related to China.

  • LTWL 4C Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century Societies
    A study of modern culture and of the way it is expressed and understood in novels, stories, and films. The sequence aims at an understanding of relationship between the narrative arts and society in the twentieth century.
  • LTCH 101 Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature
    Request to enroll by contacting the Literature Department via Student Virtual Advising Center.  Student must be able to speak, read and write in Mandarin.  Once student receives approval from Literature Dept., enroll in course using TritonLink
    Readings are in English though student's operant knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is essential.  Intended for students who have the competence to read contemporary Chinese texts, poetry, short stories, and criticism in vernacular Chinese. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
  • LTEA 100A Classical Chinese Poetry in Translation
    A survey of different genres of traditional Chinese poetry from various periods.
  • LTEA 100B Modern Chinese Poetry in Translation
    A survey of Chinese poetry written in the vernacular from 1918 to 1949.
  • LTEA 100C Contemporary Chinese Poetry in Translation
    A survey of Chinese poetic development from 1949 to the present.
  • LTEA 110A Classical Chinese Fiction in Translation
    The course will focus on a few representative masterpieces of Chinese literature in its classical age, with emphasis on the formal conventions and the social or intellectual presuppositions that are indispensable to their understanding. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  • LTEA 110B Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
    A survey of representative works of the modern period from 1919 to 1949. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  • LTEA 110C Contemporary Chinese Fiction in Translation
    An introductory survey of representative texts produced after 1949, with particular emphasis on the social, cultural, and political changes. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  • LTEA 120A Chinese Films
    A survey of representative films from different periods of Chinese cinematic development. Priority may be given to Chinese Studies majors and Literature majors. Repeatable for credit when topics vary. 
  • LTEA 120B Taiwan Films
    A survey of “New Taiwan Cinema” of the Eighties and Nineties. Priority may be given to Chinese Studies majors and Literature majors. Repeatable for credit when topics vary.
  • LTEA 120C Hong Kong Films
    An examination of representative works of different film genres from Hong Kong. Priority may be given to Chinese Studies majors and Literature majors. Repeatable for credit when topics vary.
  • LTEA 120D Filming Chinese Literature
    course description not yet available

  • LTEN 159B Chinese Poetry and American Imagination
    course description not yet available
  • LTWL 160 Women & Literature: Women Writers in Modern China
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.
    This course will explore the relationship between women and literature, i.e., women as producers of literature, as objects of literary discourse, and as readers. Foreign language texts will be read in translation. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
  • LTWL 176 Literature and Ideas: Taoism
    Topic must be on China to recieve Chinese Studies credit.
    The course will center on writers or movements of international literary, cultural, or ideological significance. The texts studied, if foreign, may be read either in the original language or in English. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
  • LTCO 274 Genre Studies - Intercultural Poetics
    A consideration of a representative selection of works relating to a theme, form, or literary genre. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
  • LTCS 52 Topics in Cultural Studies: Food & Culture in Literature
    Note (1) Credit only applicable to Chinese Studies minor and may not be used for credit in earning a Chinese Studies B.A.
    Note (2) Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition. 
    This course is designed to complement LTCS 50, Introduction to Cultural Studies. In this course, cultural studies methods are further introduced and applied to various concrete topics in order to illustrate the practical analysis of culture and cultural forms.  
  • LTCS 150 Topics in Cultural Studes: Cinema Disaporal
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.

    The course will examine one or more forms of cultural production or cultural practice from a variety of theoretical and historical perspectives. Topics may include: contemporary debates on culture, genres of popular music/fiction/film, AIDS and culture, the history of sexuality, subcultural styles, etc. Repeatable for credit when topics vary.
  • LTCS 170 Visual Cultures: Chinese Visual Cultures
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.
    The course will focus on visual practices and discourses in their intersection and overlap, from traditional media, print, and photography to film, video, TV, computers, medical scanners, and the Internet.
  • LTWR 113 Intercultural Writing: Chinese
    course description not yet available

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Music Department
http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/ugrad/courses_offered.php
Contact the Music Department with questions, to check availability & for authorization at mus-ug@ucsd.edu

  • MUS 13AS World Music: Asia and Oceania
    Credit only applicable to Chinese Studies minor and may not be used for credit in earning a Chinese Studies B.A.
    Introduction to selected performance traditions of Asia and Oceania with links to local and visiting musicians from these cultures. No prior technical knowledge of music is necessary.  
  • MUS 111 Topics/World Music Traditions No Prerequisites
    Course must be 50% or more on China, Taiwan, HK, etc.
    A study of particular regional musics in their repertory, cultural context, and interaction with other traditions. Topics vary.

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Political Science Department

  • POLI 113A East Asian Political Thought
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.
    This course examines the major traditions of East Asian thought in comparative perspective. Topics include Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and contemporary nationalist and East Asian political thought. Throughout, focused comparisons and contrasts will be made between western and eastern thought.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing
  • POLI 113B Chinese and Japanese Political Thought I
    Examines philosophical traditions of ancient and modern China and Japan, to understand how these have been reflected in Chinese and Japanese development. Course will be in English; however, students with Chinese or Japanese language skills will have opportunity to use these. Graduate students will be required to complete a seminar-length research paper; undergraduate students will write a paper.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing
  • POLI 113C Chinese and Japanese Political Thought II
    course description not yet available

  • POLI 130B Politics in the People's Republic of China
    course description not yet available

  • POLI 131C The Chinese Revolution
    An analysis of the dynamics of the Chinese Revolution from the fall of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) to the present. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between political thought and the dynamics of the revolutionary process.
  • POLI 232 The Chinese Political System
    course description not yet available 
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Sociology Department

  • SOCI 182R Religion and Popular Culture in East Asia
    course description not yet available

  • SOCI 188G Chinese Society
    The social structure of the People’s Republic of China since 1949, including a consideration of social organization at various levels: the economy, the policy, the community, and kinship institutions.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing
    Note: Will not receive credit for SOCI 188G and SOCD 188B.
  • SOCI 189 Special Topics in Comparative-Historical Sociology
    Course must be 50% or more on China, Taiwan, HK, etc.
    Readings and discussion in selected areas of comparative and historical macrosociology. Topics may include the analysis of a particular research problem, the study of a specific society or of cross-national institutions, and the review of different theoretical perspectives. Contents will vary from year to year.
    Prerequisites: upper-division standing
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Third World Studies

  • TWS 23 Third World Literatures: Chinese Literature
    An introduction to the cultures of various Third World countries through close reading of selected literary texts. TWS 23 examines Chinese literature though topic will vary each quarter.
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Visual Arts Department

  • VIS 105D The Aesthetics of Chinese Calligraphy
    This course examines Chinese calligraphy as an art form. This conceptually based introductory course combines fundamental studio exercises with creative explorations. Students are exposed to traditional and contemporary forms of Chinese calligraphy while encouraged to experiment with basic aesthetic grammars. 
    Prerequisites: VIS 105A
  • VIS 105E Chinese Calligraphy as Installation
    This course concerns East–West aesthetic interactions. What are the conceptual possibilities when calligraphy, an ancient form of Chinese art, is combined with installation, a contemporary artistic Western practice? Emphasis is placed on such issues as cultural hybridity, globalization, multiculturalism, and commercialization.
    Prerequisites: VIS 105D

The courses below (VIS 127B - 127G, 127N, 128DN and 129E) have the following prerequisites:
  1. Upper-Division Standing
  2. VIS 21B Course Credit Strongly Recommended

  • VIS 127B Arts of China
    Course will survey major trends in the arts of China from a thematic point of view, explore factors behind the making of works of art, including political and religious meanings, and examine contexts for art in contemporary cultural phenomena.
  • VIS 127C Arts of Modern China
    Course will explore Chinese art of the twentieth century. By examining artworks in different media, we will investigate the most compelling of the multiple realities that Chinese artists have constructed for themselves.
  • VIS 127D Early Chinese Painting
    Explore representations of figures and landscapes from the dawn of Chinese painting through the Yuan dynasty, with stress on developments in style and subject matter and relationships to contemporary issues in philosophy, religion, government, society, and culture.
  • VIS 127E Later Chinese Painting
    Explores major schools and artists of the Ming and Qing periods, including issues surrounding court patronage of professional painters, revitalization of art through reviving ancient styles, commercialization’s challenges to scholar-amateur art, and the influences of the West.
  • VIS 127G Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
    Through examining artworks in different media, theoretical writings and documentary data, will explore the ways in which Chinese artists of the twentieth century have defined modernity and their own tradition against the complex background of China’s history.
  • VIS 127N 20th Century Art in China & Japan
    Student Petition required: Bring a syllabus to HSS 3084 for help submitting a petition.

    Surveys the key works and developments in the modern art and visual culture of Japan from Edo and Meiji to the present and of China from the early twentieth century to contemporary video, performance, and installation art. 
  • VIS 128DN Asian Art History
    Course must be 50% or more on China, Taiwan, HK, etc. 
  • VIS 129E (SEMINAR) Asian Art History
    Course must be 50% or more on China, Taiwan, HK, etc.
     
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