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 an understanding of the people and their cultural traditions. China studies course series 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.

China After Mao

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

Examine China’s political and economic reform in the 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.

Read this text together and get a glimpse of early Chinese religious beliefs, scientific theories, political institutions, and literary genres. 


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.

Explore questions about education, power, beauty, history, and many related topics by reading Xunzi together.


China and the Silk Road

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

Focus on the spread of Buddhism through the Silk Road, its transformations in Central Asia and China, and lastly 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.

Learn about the 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.