CTL3110 Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism

Part I

Course Duration : One Semester
Credit Units: 3
Level: B3
Medium of Instruction: Chinese (Cantonese or Putonghua)
Medium of Assessment: Chinese
Prerequisite(s) : NIL
Precursors(s) : NIL
Equivalent Course(s) : NIL
Exclusive Course(s) : NIL


Part II

Course Aims

The aim is to help students describe features of Confucianism and Daoism in the pre-Qin period through readings in Chinese thought. A comprehensive knowledge of Chinese thought will enable the students to reflect on and discover their principles and attitude towards life.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

No. CILOs Weighting
(if applicable)
1
  • describe and analyze writings of classical Chinese thought,
2
2
  • describe and analyze features of Confucianism in pre-Qin China,
3
3
  • describe and analyze features of Daoism in pre-Qin China,
3
4
  • analyse, reflect on and discover the principles of Confucianism and Daoist thought in relation to modern life
2

Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)

CILO No. TLAs Hours/week
(if applicable)
1, 2, 4
  • In lectures, paragraphs from the classic of Confucianism, the “Sishu 四書 (The Four Books),” will be explained by the teacher in close detail. Students will also be required to make presentations on selected material. The “Sishu 四書” are
    a. Daxue大學 (The Great Learning)
    b. Zhongyong中庸 (The Doctrine of the Mean)
    c. Selected readings in Lunyu 論語 (The Analects of Confucius), and
    d. Selected readings in Mengzi 孟子 (The Mencius)
  • In the tutorial, students are encouraged to discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore and discover the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society.
1.5
1,3,4
  • In lectures, paragraphs from the classics of Daoism:
  • a. Dao De Jing 道德經, and
    b. Zhuangzi 莊子
    will be explained by the teacher in detail. Students will also be required to make presentations on selected material. In the tutorial, students are encouraged to discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials.
  • In the tutorial, students are encouraged to discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore and discover the applicability of the principle of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society.
1.5


Assessment Tasks/Activities
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)

CILO No. Type of Assessment Tasks/Activities Weighting
(if applicable)
Remarks
1-4
  • Quizzes on the analysis and application of features of Confucianism and Daoism in the pre-Qin period will be given throughout the learning progress to assess students’ knowledge and ability in these areas;
20%  
2,3
  • Presentations on topics about Confucianism and Daoism in the pre-Qin period will be required, to evaluate students’ analytical, reflective and discover ability;
30% 
1-4
  • Examination will be held to assess students’ knowledge and ability in describing, analyzing, applying. reflecting on and discovering principles of Confucianism and Daoism in the pre-Qin period.
50%  

Grading of Student Achievement : Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations

Excellent
A+ A A-

Good
B+ B B-

Adequate
C+ C C-

Marginal
D

  1. Excellent command of knowledge in the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.
  2. Excellent critical thinking and discovering ability in reviewing research reports / research articles related to the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.
  3. Excellent application of theories in the analyses of the Chinese language.

  4. Excellent lesson plan which shows high ability in knowledge application.
  1. Good command of knowledge in the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  2. Good critical thinking and discovering ability in reviewing research reports / research articles related to the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  3. Good application of theories in the analyses of the Chinese language.

  4. Good lesson plan which shows high ability in knowledge application.
  1. Adequate command of knowledge in the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  2. Fair critical thinking and discovering ability in reviewing research reports / research articles related to the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  3. A certain degree of application of theories in the analyses of the Chinese language.

  4. Fair lesson plan which shows fair ability in knowledge application.
  1. Marginal command of knowledge in the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  2. Marginal critical thinking and discovering ability in reviewing research reports / research articles related to the study of Readings in Pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism.

  3. Marginal application of theories in the analyses of the Chinese language.

  4. Marginally acceptable lesson plan which shows marginal ability in knowledge application.

Part III

Keyword Syllabus:

  1. Confucianism: Sishu 四書 (The Four Books)
  2. i  Daxue 大學 (The Great Learning)
    ii  Zhongyong 中庸 (The Doctrine of the Mean)
    iii  Selected readings of Lunyu 論語 (The Analects of Confucius)
    iv  Selected readings of Mengzi 孟子 (The Analects of Mencius)
  3. Daoism:
    i  Laozi: Dao De Jing 老子
    ii  Selected readings of Zhuangzi 莊子

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