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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Chinese Culture and Contemporary China by Nanjing University

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About the Course

This course of Chinese Culture and Contemporary China will explore the foundations of Chinese civilization and the dimensions of Chinese culture. It will pay particular attention to the relationship between Chinese culture and the present-day life of the Chinese people and to the different elements of the culture which are under the present social structures, belief systems, literature, arts, customs, etc. The course aims at providing students with a deeper knowledge of Chinese culture, thus enabling them to better understand China. The course will cover the following main areas of topics: (1) the foundations of Chinese civilization: its geography, language, and history; (2) the core concepts in Chinese philosophies and religions: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; (3), literature and arts, including Chinese calligraphy, painting, Tang poetry, and classical fiction; (4) society and life, including education, the role of women, Chinese food, and traditional holidays; (5) travel and landscapes, including well-known Chinese cities, mountains, ethnic regions and customs; (6) Chinese media, culture and sports, including TV and movies, fashion, Chinese gongfu and taiji. In addition, students will be expected to participate in a buddy program beyond curriculum if they have a chance to come to Nanjing. Ideally they will be paired up: an international student with a Nanjing University student to allow students to learn firsthand about Chinese customs, culture, and language. Students will be required to complete various projects and homework assignments as well, which will encourage them to use Nanjing University and the city of Nanjing as a laboratory to apply what they learn during their stay at Nanjing University....

Top reviews

Jun 9, 2020

This course can help those who are learning Chinese language. As if one wants to understands the native speakers he needs to know about their culture and history.\n\nthank you for this amazing course.

Jun 8, 2020

Lovely Course on Chinese Culture, Tradition, and Values. Well-presented and wonderfully put to appeal to the audience readers. Recommended to anyone who is interested in knowing Chinese culture.

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Feb 1, 2021

This course so good for me <3

By Nicolas F R

Jun 7, 2020

Very interesting course

By Winston A W

May 17, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Ting S Y

May 29, 2020

fast and summarised

By Niklas M

Sep 30, 2019

Very Interesting!!!

By Philippine R S

Apr 23, 2019

very interesting !!

By Dionisio G

Nov 12, 2020

excellent course

By José G D

Oct 23, 2020

really good.

By gilles

Nov 6, 2017

great course

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Jul 12, 2017


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By Aaron L D

Aug 10, 2020

Loved it

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May 5, 2019


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By Lucas M R

Mar 30, 2021

Great introductory course on Chinese culture, ancient or contemporary. Classes are very concise em objective, with enough content for the given time of each video. While the videos are short but objective, they provide enough to encourage me to search more about the subjects. Quizes, otherwise, sometimes emphasize aspects of the classes that do not seem too major.

By xristina b

Sep 8, 2017

It was a really interesting course about Chinese people, their Culture and Their History. It actually inspired me to research and learn more about China . Thank you. (Please fix a problem that exists in the 3rd quiz of the 2nd week. It takes a wrong answer for correct and only after of many retakes of the quiz).

By William B

Jul 12, 2020

Good introductory level course but would have liked more content, and it was not always clear that many of the quiz questions had multiple answers, on some occasions all of the answers were correct!

Would have liked a peer reviewed essay and longer form videos, perhaps in a more advanced follow-up course

By Akanksha S D

May 17, 2017

It's simply Beautiful. So informative and useful for the people who are eager to learn about China and It's culture. Hoping that it would be a free course and people like me would have full access to the course instead of a half of it.


Aug 3, 2020

Very nice course and introduction about Chinese culture, I see it as a good summary of the basic foundations about China, but of course, to understand more about China we need to have more interaction with the culture and language

By Estela d A J

Jul 15, 2020

The course was very interesting and informative about chinese customs and culture. However I think the quizzes are a little off, some questions are a bit too confusing.

By Iris W

Jul 30, 2020

A good beginner overview of broad and complex elements of Chinese culture. I wish there was an expanded version that dove deeper into each of these categories.

By Yuliya M

Jul 9, 2019

It was my first course on Coursera. Only 4 stars because it was very short and light. Thank you for creating the opportunity to learn. Yuliya.

By Laura M M G

Mar 7, 2021

Nice course. I really liked it. Sometimes it was confusing the way the quizzes were calificated but it was a very good learning.

By Antoine T

Jun 25, 2020

Very interesting and enjoyable stuff! Some of the quizzes could be fixed though. Otherwise, excellent class!