Allison Elizabeth Bernard

Dec 2014

This is a history course. If you are interested in East Asian history, you will probably enjoy it. The course mainly focuses on the history and culture of China, Japan and Korea. You will learn how the philosophies, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism, influenced people in the three countries in different dynasties, as well as how Buddhism developed in East Asian context. You will also be trained to think critically and write a history paper. The course also covers some contents in modern East Asia and how East Asian countries managed to keep their identities while being influenced by the Western philosophies and technology. The instructors, Sixiang and Allison, are very helpful. They are approachable and are able to give you valuable advice on your essays. If you go to their office hours, you will have a better sense of how to construct your paper. They will give you some guidance such as the materials and books that may be helpful, as well as how to find a topic that makes sense. You are not required to remember many detailed things in this course. However. It will be better if you are able to comprehend the materials and see how they influence the three countries as they developed. There are two classes every week. One is for lecturing and the other is for discussion. If you are too busy to finish the textbook readings, then you should make use of the lecture since it will cover the basic history of the weekly topic.