Syllabus

Chinese Traditional Philosophy

Code
KI2006
Points
7.5 ECTS-credits
Level
First Cycle Level 2
Faculty
School of Humanities and Media Studies
Subject field
Chinese (KIA)
Group of Subjects
Chinese
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Chinese1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
1G2F
Approved
Approved by the Faculty School of Humanities and Media Studies, 19 April 2012.
This syllabus is valid from 19 April 2012.
Revised
Revised, 20 December 2019.
Revision is valid from 20 December 2019.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • describe the major aspects of Chinese traditional philosophy: metaphysics, politics, legal theory, philosophy of life
  • summarise various schools of thought in ancient Chinese philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Logicism, Legalism, etc.
  • read and demonstrate an understanding of basic Classical Chinese
  • problematise their own thinking in relation to traditional Chinese philosophy.

Course Content

Traditional Chinese philosophical thought is still having a huge impact on modern China. This course contains a series of seminars about the most influential ancient Chinese philosophers, such as Lao-tzu, Confucius, Mencius, Zhuang-zi, etc. Philosophers in pre-Qin period, also known as the ‘hundred schools of thought’, will be studied especially. Students will gain knowledge of different schools of traditional Chinese philosophy and their corresponding social and historical background.

Assessment

This course uses continuous assessment of students’ oral and written performance. There are oral reports and also a final paper.

Forms of Study

Both Chinese and English are used as the languages of tuition. Teaching is done in the form of seminars.

Grades

The Swedish grades U - VG

Prerequisites

  • A minimum of 90 cr in Chinese at undergraduate level, or equivalent knowledge.