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Course Details

Course Code: HIST230 Course ID: 4659 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This survey course traces China’s social, political, and cultural developments from the dynastic period to the present. Through this process, this course will examine the Chinese dynastic system, the rise of Confucianism, the adoption of Buddhism, technological developments, and explores the great diversity and impressive continuities of traditional Asian civilization. Additionally, students will explore the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern Asia as well as how China has historically impacted all of Asia.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the formative influence of the geography and climate of China.

CO-2: CO-2: Assess the pre-modern history of China, including the coming of Confucianism, Buddhism, developing statecraft and the dynastic system, and economic expansion.

CO-3: Describe the impact of Chinese governance in all of Asia, including linguistic, ethnic, and religious policies, political institutions, and economic approaches.

CO-4: Examine the development of communism in China

CO-5: Explain China’s role in world affairs


The assignments of this course are reading the assigned text, brief lectures and supplemental online web pages. Links to these readings are located in the weekly lesson section of the course.


There will be 7 discussions/debates, from Week 2 through Week 8, which deal with topics considered that week. Each student will make an initial post; respond to a follow-up question posed by the instructor (for discussions); and make 3 peer posts. All posts should make a substantive contribution to the discussion.

The initial post is required by no later than Thursday of each week. All follow-up posts should be made by Sunday night.

Written Assignments:

Each student will complete an assignment to plan a lecture. Lectures should be composed of at least six Powerpoint slides and is due at the end of Week 7.


There will be a short mid-term at the end of the 4th week. The mid-term exam will be short answers. There also is a final examination at the end of the 8th week

NameGrade %
Weekly Forums 55.00 %
Week 2 Forum 7.86 %
Week 3 Forum 7.86 %
Week 4 Forum 7.86 %
Week 5 Forum 7.86 %
Week 6 Forum 7.86 %
Week 7 Forum 7.86 %
Week 8 Forum 7.86 %
Written Assignments 25.00 %
Create a lecture 25.00 %
Tests 20.00 %
Midterm 10.00 %
Final exam 10.00 %
Book Title:A History of China - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Rossabi, Morris
Unit Cost:$104.86
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:The Analects of Confucius- E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Columbia University Press
Author:Burton Watson
Unit Cost:$14.76

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.