UChicago Graham School China Studies Course Series

Open-to-All Courses in the Liberal Arts

China Studies Course Series

China Studies Course Series

Given the ascendency of China on the world’s geopolitical and economic stage, it is important to promote understanding of the two peoples and their cultural traditions. The program is designed to highlight four major time periods: Ancient China: Foundations of Chinese Thought; the Silk Road and Buddhism; China and the West: The Great Divergence; and Modern Chinese History: 1911–Present. Please click the buttons for detailed course description and to register.


Social Transformations in Contemporary China

Instructor: Nancy Chen | Apr 16–Jun 11 | Mon 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

In this course, we will take a “bottom-up” approach to examine contemporary Chinese society. 


China After Mao

Instructor: Nancy Chen | Jun 18–Aug 20 | Mon 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This course examines China’s political and economic reform in post-Mao era. 


The Huainanzi, or How to Rule the World by Not Even Trying

Instructor: Stephen Walker | Jun 19–Aug 7 | Tue 10 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

The Huainanzi (2nd century BCE) is one of the most audacious products of the philosophical imagination. 


Culture and Control in Confucianism, Xunzi on the Imperatives of Civilization

Instructor: Stephen Walker | Jun 21–Aug 9 | Thu 10 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Xunzi (3rd century BCE) is the most sophisticated and influential advocate of Confucian culture from China’s classical period. 


China and the Silk Road

Instructor: Ling Chan | Jun 21–Aug 9 | Thu 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

In this course, we will focus on the spread of Buddhism through the Silk Road, its transformations in Central Asia and China, and the subsequent cultural and political ramifications by examining archaeological sites, visual and material remains, and textual sources.


Religion in East Asia

Instructor: Timothy Gutmann | Jun 22–Aug 10 | Fri 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This course focuses on traditions of religious thought and practice in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. 



Please contact our program manager Hong Brunner for any questions you may have about the China studies course series or the registration process.