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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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By Daniele C

Apr 25, 2020

Great Course, very interesting. It is only a pity the brevity.

By Joy S

May 25, 2017

lots of good info about china. pretty interesting

By Casey R

Oct 17, 2020

Super brief, but insightful nonetheless.

By Alexander R

Dec 14, 2017

Very Interesting Course.

By Fatma S A

Oct 31, 2020

This course is a great introduction to the Chinese culture, but if you're looking for an in-depth course you may be disappointed. The videos are very short and there were some problems with the quiz questions, but overall I enjoyed the course and would recommend it to people who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese culture.

By Fanny G

Jan 9, 2017

The comparaison between Chinese and Western Culture was really useful. It was a nice overview but it would also have been interesting to get information (at least some ints) about the long and fascinating Chinese History. More historical context would be appreciated.

By Joao F

May 15, 2018

The lectures are short and the teachers are kind of boring , but the Laoshi from the traditional clothes was awesome, I liked how she explained her class with such passion, I learned cool things from her.

By Greg L

Jan 27, 2017

Extremely lightweight and totally missing in substance; I cannot recall whether they stated so in the course goals.

By Elizabeth N C

Dec 16, 2020

more clarity in explanations of Chinese culture

By Agnes L

Mar 19, 2018

Interesting class but really too short.

By Alvaro C A

Jun 8, 2020

Great but basic

By Paul M

May 26, 2020

Thanks to the University of Nanjing and Coursera for this very interesting course. It addressed my interests. Some suggestions for improvements: the accompanying English script does not match the audio (there are a lot of errors) and in some cases the music volume was too high (so could not hear the speaker very clearly) and some of the question/answer options were imprecise. If these could be fixed I would score it much higher. Thank you.

By Jeffrey A

Jun 14, 2020

Some interesting information but overall very random topics, not enough detail and poor testing sections.

By James R C

Feb 8, 2021

The teachers seem to be poorly prepared to teach the class. I get the impression they don't understand the concepts they are trying to teach. As far as the quizzes go, the quiz on Rituals, answer 2 seems to be marked wrong no matter what answer one chooses. The same goes for the quiz on Tao, again all 3 answers for question 2 are wrong.


Jul 1, 2020

Interesting, but very basic and with poor English scripts.

By Davin P S

Dec 10, 2020

just a selling trick, not authentic