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this syllabus is online at: http://www3.uakron.edu/worldciv/russ/wc-travel.htm
1. To examine the geography, history, religion, and basic cultural elements of
2. To “walk in Chinese shoes,” to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of a Chinese worldview and be able to reflect on that worldview in light of one’s own life.
The text book for this course is:
Papers will be due after you return from the trip--be sure you know the due date on the papers. Late papers will not be accepted unless you have made prior arrangements with me and have a very good reason, even then they may still be subject to grade reduction. All papers must be typed, double-spaced, in no larger than 12 point font, with 1 inch margins (for help visit the Writing Lab in 215 Carroll Hall and also look at the guidelines for writing term papers on the "China Resource Page" at http://www3.uakron.edu/worldciv/china/resource.html ). There are computers available in the Polsky building, the GSC, and the library.
For those who need help with papers expert tutorial assistance is available at the Writing Lab, which is located in Carroll Hall, room 212. Students are encouraged to make appointments, but may also drop in to see if a tutor is available. For appointments call 972-6548.
You will be graded on three written assignments: your journal (20% of your grade), your book review (20%), and your reflection paper (40%). Another 20% of your grade will be for participation in class, in email or bulletin board discussions and in participation and cooperation on the trip.
Just don’t do it! Plagiarism will result in the automatic failure of the course and may be reported to the Dean for possible academic discipline. Plagiarism includes:
1. Using a paper, or portions of a paper, that someone else wrote (this includes too closely paraphrasing sentences in a text!)
2. Using a paper that has been previously turned into another class or turning in the same paper to two different classes
3. Using the ideas or words of another writer without giving proper credit/citation
Be certain in every paper that you document all sources quotes and consulted that are sources of ideas you use. Use MLA citation styles. If you are ever unsure whether you are plagiarizing, come and see me. I will not penalize you for making a mistake, as long as you come and talk to me about it before turning in your paper.
Attendance and Participation
There is a large amount of material to cover in this course--your attendance and active participation are essential. We only have five meetings before the trip to cover preparatory material. We can adjust the course times and meeting places to try to meet everyone's needs. You may only miss one class without penalty. The second absence may result in a full letter lowering of your grade. If you miss more than three classes, you risk failing. Don’t be late--recurrent tardiness will be counted as an absence! The easiest way to improve your grade is by active participation in class discussions. If you never talk in class, or are abusive in your talk, your grade may suffer.
“A young man should serve his parents at home and be respectful to elders outside his home. He should be earnest and truthful, loving all, but become intimate with “jen” [humanity]. After doing this, if he has energy to spare, he can study literature and the arts.” --Confucius
Meeting 1: Geography and Ancient Empires
Read: web texts: "The Mandate of Heaven" and "Chinese Language and Writing". Choose a biography or novel from the list and get my approval on it.
Slides of cities we will visit, Film: “Unruly Dragon”
Websites to visit: see "Cities and Sites in
Meeting 2: Religion and Philosophy, The Scholar
Gentry and the Confucian Bureaucracy
Read: your novel, web texts: "Selections from the Confucian Analects," "Dao De Ching" and "Examples of Filial Piety"
Film: “The Great Wall”
Websites to visit: "History Timeline" with commentary by dynasties
Meeting 3: Women and Families, the changing role of
women from ancient times to the Communist Era
Read: your novel, web texts: “Chinese Footbinding”, "Views of a Female Confucian”, and "Women in China"
Film: “Small Happiness” (additional suggested film for viewing on your own: "Raise the Red Lantern")
Meeting 4: The fall of the Empire, Mongols to Manchus and Foreign Invaders
Read: finish reading your novel, web texts: "Commisioner Lin’s letter to Queen Victoria and The Opium War"
Film: “The Forbidden City” (additional suggested film for viewing on your own: "The Last Emperor")
Websites to visit: Virtual Tour of the Forbidden City, "Nanjing Massacre"
Read: web texts: "SunYat-sen: Fundamentals of National Reconstruction"
Film: “To Live”
Websites to visit: "The Cult of Mao", "Tiananmen Square"
I recommend taking your novel and text along on
the trip, you will find it useful to have reading material on the planes and
trains. Papers are due within 4 weeks
from return date of