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ANTH 212 - Peoples and Cultures of China | GEGA

This course provides an overview of anthropological approaches to the study of both traditional and contemporary China, with an emphasis on conditions in the most recent decades. It pays particular attention to issues of family and social relations, gender and kinship, ethnicity, social inequality, and China in globalization.

Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Fall and Winter (offered irregularly)

Class-Level Restriction Undergraduate standing

This course satisfies a General Education Requirement in Global Awareness. China is one of the oldest civilizations and is the largest and fastest growing nation on earth. It is a country amidst a hurried and conflicted remaking and drastic transformation. With fifty-six ethnic nationalities, China has diverse cultures interacting in the global community that is confronting many of the same major issues as in other world regions. This course aims to provide students with the means of understanding the diversity of China’s peoples and cultures in the dual context of lived experience as well as informed analysis. It traces the enduring legacies of traditional China and observes the rapid economic and sociocultural change of contemporary China in the era of globalization. By studying Chinese cultures, students learn the diverse ways that cultures create and classify ethnicity, classes, kinship and genders, and how these differ from the West, especially the US. The course exposes students to culture-specific and cross-cultural patterns in the causes and consequences of social, cultural, and racial intolerance. Students successfully completing this course learn how to analyze and synthesize diverse sources of information, in order to make informed decisions on major issues confronting China and other world regions experiencing similar issues. 
Updates Updated course rotation 5/2017; Approved for GEGA 1/2017, effective Fall 2017; Change to prerequisites 6/2016, effective Fall 2016; Course Rotation 12/2014; New Course 4/2014, effective Fall 2014

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