Course Title:  01:082:321  Art of Early China

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites: None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Concentration on archaeological finds: pottery, jade, bonze, precious metals, lacquer from the Neolithic through the early great dynasties (5000 BC to AD 600)

In this class we will examine the art of China as it evolves from the simplicity of the Banpo Village of the prehistoric period (ca. 5000 BCE) to the splendor of the cosmopolitan Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) of the imperial era. With an emphasis on recent archaeological finds and current scholarly discussion, this class will provide an opportunity for those students who already have some knowledge of this topic to gain a deeper understanding of subjects only lightly touched upon in surveys.

Learning Goals:

By the end of this class a student  will come to a better understanding of how not only the art, but the civilization of China developed over time, and will possess the knowledge and analytical skills to independently research this and related matters. This is primarily a lecture class, but student input is encouraged.

Required and Recommended Course Materials:

Class handouts will be distributed in class and posted also online via the Sakai Online Learning System as will also Powerpoint context and key images for review and study.

Required Textbook (will be ordered through the Rutgers University Barnes & Noble Bookstore): Ebrey: Patricia. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd edition. Recommended Textbook (will be ordered through the Rutgers University Barnes& Noble Bookstore): Sullivan, Michael. The Arts of China, 5th edition.




Class Attendance and Participation as well as Improvement in Performance will also be taken into account in determining the Final Grade.


Grading will be based on quizzes and examinations which may include a take-home component as well as a short museum-based paper; these will be detailed in the Final Syllabus.



Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.