CTL3111 Topics in Chinese Thought

Part I

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

Part II      

Course Aims

The aim is to help students describe features of the main streams of Chinese thought. A comprehensive knowledge of Chinese thought provides the foundation for students to further their study of Chinese language and literature, and helps students to reflect on their old way of life and discover a new way of living
.

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

No.

CILOs

Weighting
(if applicable)

1

l         identify the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism and Legalism;

2

2

l         describe features of the major development of Confucianism;

2

3

l         describe featuress of Chinese Buddhism;

2

4

l         describe features of the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture;

2

5

l         reflect on  their way of life and discover a new way of living in a modern Chinese society.

2

Teaching and learning Activities (TLAs)
(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

TLAs

Hours/week
(if applicable)

1

l         In lectures, original texts from the classics of Chinese thought on Mind, Dao and Human Nature (xing) of Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism and Legalism will be explained by the teacher. Differences in terms between the main schools and the development of concepts in different stages will be compared based on discussions between the teacher and the students. In tutorials, students are required to make presentations or discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society and discover a new way of living.

3hrs(3wks)

2

l         In lectures, original texts from the classics about development from Confucianism to Neo-Confucianism will be explained by the teacher. In tutorials, students are required to make presentations or discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society and discover a new way of living.

3hrs(2wks)

3

l         In lectures, original texts from the classics of Chinese Buddhism will be explained by the teacher. In tutorials, students are required to make presentations or discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society and discover a new way of living.

3hrs(3wks)

4

l         In lectures, essays on the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture will be explained by the teacher. In tutorials, students are required to make presentations or discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society and discover a new way of living.

3hrs(2wks)

5

l         In lectures, essays on Confucianism and modernization will be explained by the teacher. In tutorials, students are required to make presentations or discuss problems and issues raised in the teaching materials. They can further explore the applicability of the principles of life of the ancient Chinese philosophers in modern society and discover a new way of living.

3hrs(3wks)

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

1,2,3

l         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%

 

3,4

l         Presentations on topics about Chinese thought, literature and culture will be required to evaluate students’ analyzing and reflecting ability;

30%

 

1-5

l         An examination will be given to assess students’ knowledge and ability in describing, analyzing
and reflecting on Chinese thought, literature and culture and their relevance to ways of life in a modern Chinese society and discover a new way of living
.

50%

 

Grading of Student Achievement:

Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations
Grading pattern: Standard (A+, A, A-...F).  Grading is based on student performance in assessment tasks/activities.
Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course.

Excellent
A+ A A-

Good
B+ B B-

Adequate
C+ C C-

Marginal
D

1. Excellent command of knowledge in the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism and Legalism.

2. Excellent understanding of the major development of Confucianism. 

3. Excellent understanding of the features of Chinese Buddhism.

4. Excellent understanding of the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture. 

5. Excellent reflective and discovery ability on their way of life in a modern Chinese society.

1.   Good command of knowledge in the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism and Legalism. 

2.   Good understanding of the major development of Confucianism. 

3.   Good understanding of the features of Chinese Buddhism.

4.   Good understanding of the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture. 

5.   Good reflective and discovery ability on their way of life in a modern Chinese society.

1. Adequate command of the course content.

2.  A certain degree of understanding of the major development of Confucianism. 

3.  A certain degree of understanding of the features of Chinese Buddhism.

4.  A certain degree of understanding of the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture. 

5.  Acceptable reflective and discovery ability on their way of life in a modern Chinese society.

1.  Familiarity with the subject matter. 

2.  Marginal command of course materials, with fair understanding of the major development of Confucianism, features of Chinese Buddhism and the relationships between Chinese thought, literature and culture

3.  Marginal reflective ability on their way of life in a modern Chinese society.

Part III

Keyword Syllabus

Confucianism; Taoism; Mohism; Neo-Confucianism; Major Chinese Buddhism; Chinese thought, literature and culture; Confucianism and modernization; Confucianism and democracy; Confucianism and commerce.

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