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Beginner Level

Approx. 25 hours to complete

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction: The World of Confucius

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 4 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Course Overview10m
Connect With Us10m
Your Instructor10m
Code of Conduct10m
Acknowledgements10m
3 hours to complete

Part 1 - The World of Confucius

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 100 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
L1.2 - The Ideal of Harmony in Chinese Philosophy5m
L1.3 - Early China: The Roots of Confucian Philosophy9m
L1.4 - The Roots of Confucian Philosophy: Shang Culture and Religion8m
L1.5 - Shang Rituals and Divination9m
L1.6 - "Heaven" and the World of Zhou Dynasty China12m
L1.7 - The Classical Tradition before Confucius: The Six Arts and the Six Classics13m
L1.8 - The Classic of Changes (Yijing)12m
L1.9 - The Life of Confucius (551-479 B.C.E.)6m
L1.10 - The Analects of Confucius7m
L1.11 - Biographical and Autobiographical Sayings in the Analects9m
1 reading
Lecture Materials (Week 1 - Part 1)1h
1 practice exercise
MCQ (Week 1)30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Part 2A - The Vision of Confucius

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 86 min), 1 reading
8 videos
L2.2 - The Exemplary Junzi8m
L2.3 - The Primacy of Li10m
L2.4 - The Regulative and Constitutive Power of Li11m
L2.5 - The Centrality of Ren: Humanity and Benevolence11m
L2.6 - The Bond between Ren and Li14m
L2.7 - Humanity (Ren), Proper Conduct (Li), and Rightness (Yi)7m
L2.8 - The Responsive Mediation of Rightness (Yi)10m
1 reading
Lecture Materials (Week 2 - Part 2a)1h
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Part 2B - The Vision of Confucius (cont'd)

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 113 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
L2.10 - The Ethical Transformation of the Family11m
L2.11 - Learning and Self-Cultivation10m
L2.12 - The Confucian Conception of Learning9m
L2.13 - The Integral Play of Confucian Virtues10m
L2.14 - The Transformative Way of Ethical Engagement16m
L2.15 - The Ethics of Everyday Life14m
L2.16 - The Unity of Ethics and Spirituality14m
L2.17 - Summary Remarks13m
1 reading
Lecture Materials (Week 3 - Part 2b)1h
1 practice exercise
MCQ (Week 3)40m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Part 3A - The Unfolding of Confucianism

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 117 min), 1 reading
7 videos
L3.2 - The Daoist Critique of Confucian Philosophy17m
L3.3 - The "Legalist" Way of Governance18m
L3.4 - Introduction to Mencius15m
L3.5 - The Way of the True King15m
L3.6 - The Incipient Goodness of Human Nature17m
L3.7 - Ethical Self-cultivation in Mencian Perspectives19m
1 reading
Lecture Materials (Week 4 - Part 3a)1h

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  • This course will equip you with a better understanding of the Confucian tradition and how it has shaped Chinese society and culture over the centuries. It should help broaden your perspective in reflecting on fundamental questions of ethics and culture, which are of critical importance to today’s globalized and technology-driven world.

  • No, knowledge of the Chinese language is not necessary. Some key Chinese terms will be introduced, but they do not require prior knowledge of Chinese.

  • All you need is a computer with an internet connection, the time to read, reflect, write, and discuss with your peers.

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