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CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA
ACADEMIC SENATE
GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
REPORT TO
THE ACADEMIC SENATE
GE-004-067
ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
GENERAL EDUCATION SYNTHESIS COURSE AREA C4
General Education Committee
Executive Committee
Received and Forwarded
Academic Senate
Date: 11/07/07
Date: 1/16/08
Date: 1/23/08
First Reading
2/20/08
Second Reading
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BACKGROUND:
The study of Chinese civilization is interdisciplinary by nature and focuses on a) the underlying
philosophy of Chinese traditions and b) Chinese literature, art, and languages as the
expressions of this civilization. Thus, this course builds upon and synthesizes materials from
lower division GE courses in Area C, and integrates the outcomes of those courses. It provides
an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural forum, wherein civilization and philosophy are holistically
interwoven with verbal and visual arts to help students appreciate the interrelatedness,
comparability, and complementarity of different civilizations. Interculturality and interdisciplinarity
are key to the form and content of this course as a new paradigm for curricular innovation and
collegial collaboration.
RESOURCES CONSULTED:
Daan Pan; Barbara Way, Dean of CLASS; Claudia Pinter-Lucke, Associate Vice President of
Undergraduate Studies; CLASS Curriculum Committee; all Associate Deans; Patricia de Freitas,
EWS; Michael Godfrey, Collins School
REVIEW:
This course presents a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of Chinese civilization and
traditions, and was proposed as an interdisciplinary synthesis course for Humanities. Emphasis
is on classical primary texts, visual media, artifacts, paintings and other major aspects of
Chinese civilization and traditions, along with contemporary critical references. The GE
committee asked for and received several revisions to the ECO to clarify its inclusion in the
category as an area C-4 synthesis course, including clarifying key objectives of the course
content.
REVISIONS:
The original ECO was first presented in 2005. This course has been vetted by three GE
Committees, under two chairs. In particular, revisions included making specific
recommendations for readings, revising the course outline, clarifying the synthesis aspects of
the class through revising learning outcomes and objectives, and making clear how course
assessment would take place. The results are very complete and the GE committee was
satisfied with ECO as revised.
RECOMMENDATION:
The GE Committee voted unanimously to approve this course, and now forwards it to the
Academic Senate for approval.
GE-004-067, ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
GENERAL EDUCATION SYNTHESIS COURSE AREA C4
CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC
UNIVERSITY, POMONA
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Course Title: Chinese Civilization & Traditions
Date of Outline Preparation: October 2005
Prepared by: Daan Pan
Last Revised: November 7, 2007
COURSE OUTLINE
I.
Catalog Description
ENG 371 Chinese Civilization & Traditions (4)
Comprehensive interdisciplinary study of Chinese civilization & traditions.
Emphasis on classical primary texts (read in English translation; visual texts, such
as visual media, artifacts, paintings and photos, included) of major aspects of
Chinese civilization and traditions, complemented by contemporary critical
references and visual references (such as movies / videotapes). 4 Lecture/discussion.
This course fulfills GE Humanities Synthesis in Area C. Prerequisites: Completion
of General Education Area A and C: Sub-areas 1, 2, and 3.
II.
Required Background or Experience
Completion of General Education Area A and C: Sub-areas 1, 2, and 3.
III. Expected Educational Outcomes
This course is provided to help students attain an advanced knowledge in Chinese
civilization and traditions across disciplines. Upon its completion students will
demonstrate an in-depth interdisciplinary understanding of the basic facts, concepts,
and theories of Chinese civilization and traditions, their underlying values, and their
impact on, and implications for, contemporary Chinese culture and society.
Specifically, students will be able to accomplish the following objectives:
1. Explicate and critique through explication de texte Chinese civilization and
traditions as represented in the assigned primary texts.
2. Analyze through critical thinking and critical writing, the values underlying
Chinese civilization and traditions, as embodied in the assigned primary texts, and
assess their impact on, and implications for, contemporary Chinese culture and
society.
3. Develop cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, from which to
appreciate Chinese as well as global civilizations and traditions.
4. Generate curricular and pedagogical strategies for secondary level teaching.
5. Apply knowledge and understanding of Chinese civilization and traditions to
students' own majors that will add a cross-cultural comparative dimension to their
academic and career pursuits.
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IV. Required & Recommended Texts:
Required Primary Texts & Required Secondary References (This course does not use
a single text as the main textbook. Instead, it adopts a small number of primary texts [the
latest editions] and critical references [the latest editions] as the main textbooks.):
Gernet, J., Foster, J. R., & Hartman, C. A History of Chinese Civilization.
Cambridge UP, 1996. (Area 3B)
Lau, D., trans. The Analects. Penguin, 1998. (Area 3B & C)
Lau, D., trans. Tao Te Ching. Penguin, 1985. (Area 3B & C)
Lui, I. & Cleary, T. The Taoist I Ching. Shambhala, 2005. (Area 3B)
Owen, S., ed. An Anthology of Chinese Literature. Norton, 1997. (Area 3C)
Sullivan, M. The Arts of China. U of CA P, 2000. (Area 3A)
Recommended Primary Texts & Recommended Secondary References:
(Area 3A)
Barnhart, R., Yang, X., Nie, C., & Cahill, J. Three Thousand Years of Chinese
Painting. Yale UP, 2002.
Sullivan, M. The Meeting of Eastern & Western Art. U of CA P, 1989.
(Area 3B)
Allinson, R., ed. Understanding the Chinese Mind. Oxford UP, 1990.
De Bary, W. T., & Lufrano, R., eds. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vols. I & II.
Columbia UP, 2000.
Capra, F. The Tao of Physics. Shambhala, 2000.
Clarke. J. J. Oriental Enlightenment. Routledge, 1997.
Fairbank, J. & Teng, S. China's Response to the West: A Documentary Survey.
Harvard UP, 2003.
Kaptchuk, T. The Web That Has No Weaver. McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Parkes, G. ed., Heidegger and Asian Thought. U of Hawaii P, 1990.
Saussy, H. Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China.
Harvard UP, 2001.
Wing, R., trans. The Art of Strategy: A New Translation of Sun Tzu's Classic
The Art of War. Main Street, 1988.
(Area 3C)
Fenollosa E. & Pound, E. The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry.
City Lights, 1986.
Liu, J. The Art of Chinese Poetry. U of Chicago P. 1966.
Lu, S. Selected Short Stories. Norton, 2003.
Yang, H. & Yang G., trans. A Dream of Red Mansions. Cheng & Tsui, 1999.
Zhang, L. The Tao and the Logos. Duke UP, 1992.
GE-004-067, ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
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Minimum Student Materials
Required textbooks (See above) and the usual student materials.
VI. Minimum College Facilities
Classroom with a black/white board; technology enhanced classroom &/or facilities
of online instruction and learning; TV-VCR, CD/DVD equipment.
VII.
Course Outline
WK 1 Topic: The Dawning of Chinese Civilization
Discussion: One Land, One People
WK 2 Topic: Evolution of the Chinese Language
Discussion: Characters as Thought Pictures -- Writing System & Calligraphy
WK 3 Topic: Confucianism, Taoism, & Buddhism
Discussion: The Notions of Benevolence, Yin-Yang, & Suffering
WK4 Topic: Historical Transformation
Discussion: Dynastic Changes, Statecraft, & the Art of War
WK 5 Topic: Society, Family, & the Individual
Discussion: Systems of Education & Marriage
WK 6 Topic: Chinese Literature
Discussion: Poetry Speaks the Mind -- A Lyrical Tradition
WK 7 Topic: Chinese Art
Discussion: Painting as Interartistic Resonance -- A Holistic Art
WK 8 Topic: East Meeting West
Discussion: The Silk Road & China's Cross-cultural Relations
WK 9 Topic: Science, Technology, & Medicine in Pre-modern China
Discussion: The Four Great Inventions & the Power of Qi
WK 10 Topic: Reviewing & Rethinking Chinese Civilization & Traditions –
Final Colloquium
Final Exam
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VIII. Instructional Methods
Class activities will include lectures, group discussions and collaborative projects
such as group presentations, field trips, library and internet research, use of visual
media and multimedia, writing of research papers, and online discussion.
IX. Evaluation of Outcomes
A. Student Assessment for Grading Performance
In-class exercises & quizzes, individual and/or group presentations, journals, miniessays, research papers, and written exams. Grading components include research
papers, journals, exams, & presentations.
The above items measure a) students' level of engagement in class, b) students' level
of familiarity and comprehension of the texts, topics, the instructor's lectures, and
class discussions, and c) students' abilities to develop critical thinking and to
articulate their critical thinking in writing.
B. Assessment of Course
1. Assessment of Expected Outcomes of the Course
a) Students will complete a standard departmental evaluation form as well as a
departmental form for optional comments during Week Ten.
b) Students will also complete an anonymous assessment form (Attached below
AF-1) at the ends of Week Five and Week Ten for gathering students’
judgments of course effectiveness in meeting the stated Educational Outcomes.
2. Assessment of the Synthesis Relationship
Students will complete an anonymous assessment form (Attached below – AF-2)
designed by the instructor to critique and feedback on the Synthesis Relationship
of this course.
GE-004-067, ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
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ENG 371: AF-1
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Dr. D. Pan
Student Assessment of Expected Outcomes of the Course
This General Education Synthesis Course in Area C: Humanities enables students to
attain an advanced knowledge in, and a genuine understanding of, Chinese civilization
and traditions across disciplines. As such, how effective is it? Please respond to the
questions below by circling a number and writing down your feedback on the space under
each question.
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
1. How effective is this course in helping you explicate and critique Chinese civilization
and traditions as represented in the assigned primary texts?
Feedback:
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
2. How effective is this course in helping you analyze the values underlying Chinese
civilization and traditions, as embodied in the assigned primary texts, and assess their
impact on, and implications for, contemporary Chinese culture and society?
Feedback:
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
3. How effective is this course in helping you develop cross-cultural and interdisciplinary
perspectives, from which to appreciate Chinese as well as global civilizations and
traditions?
Feedback:
GE-004-067, ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
GENERAL EDUCATION SYNTHESIS COURSE AREA C4
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
8
Not at all
5
4. How effective is this course in helping you generate curricular and pedagogical strategies
for secondary level teaching?
Feedback:
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
5. How effective is this course in helping you apply knowledge and understanding of
Chinese civilization and traditions to your own majors that will add a cross-cultural
comparative dimension to your academic and career pursuits?
Feedback:
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ENG 371-AF-2
Dr. D. Pan
General Education Synthesis Assessment Form
This General Education Synthesis Course in Area C: Humanities seeks to engage students
in critical thinking and critical writing toward a genuine understanding of Chinese
civilizations and traditions. As such, how effective is it? Please respond to the questions
below by circling a number and writing down your feedback on the space under each
question.
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
1. How effective is this course in helping you develop their critical thinking and critical
writing skills?
Feedback:
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
2. As a GE synthesis course, how effective is this course in synthesizing the knowledge
from one or more of the fields or disciplines in your lower division GE courses?
Feedback:
Very
1
Adequate
2
3
4
Not at all
5
3. How effective is this course in helping you gain a deeper understanding of a particular
area of study and enhance your ability to apply concepts and/or theories of that area to
various problems and situations?
GE-004-067, ENG 371, CHINESE CIVILIZATION & TRADITIONS
GENERAL EDUCATION SYNTHESIS COURSE AREA C4
Feedback:
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