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Course Review: SW12.6x China Part 6

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Provider: Harvard at EdX [course page]
Lecturer: Peter K. Bol, William C. Kirby + others
Subject: Humanities / History + Politics + Education
Delivery: self-paced asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 2-4 hrs/week over 5 weeks
Completion Date: 09/12/2014

Description: Part 6 of the ChinaX mini-MOOC series discusses the establishment and first half of the Qing Dynasty.

Strengths: This course gives students a look into a more recent dynasty in China, the Qing. The subject appears to still be a sore point with some Chinese, shown in various films and television shows. The most notable outward symbol of this time period is the enforcement of the Queue hairstyle upon non-Manchu Chinese. We see how the Qing attempted to gain the respect and admiration, albeit unsuccessfully, of the Chinese people through various policies. We also see the slow decline of the Qing after a somewhat convincing start.

Weaknesses: No pompadours!

Chinese ship with paddle-wheels, from an encyc...

Chinese ship with paddle-wheels, from an encyclopedia of 1726. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conclusion: It is strange to think that there are folks alive today that were living at the time when the Qing were still in power. It was a long-lived dynasty, continually plagued by troubles often from within. That should be enough to interest a lot of folks.

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2 thoughts on “Course Review: SW12.6x China Part 6

  1. I’ve been looking into classes – but does it come with hw and all?

    • There isn’t homework persay, but there are recommended readings and videos beyond the score-related material. Other MOOCs that I have studied have made use of peer assessment, but the ChinaX series has avoided it so far. I have my own concerns over peer assessment, but I can also also see how they can teach folks some evaluation skills.
      Throughout the course, students are asked to read translations of various writings from notable figures of the time period, ranging from philosophers to politicians. These are often followed up by multiple choice quizzes and discussions. The discussions are quite thoughtful, many of the students avoiding the easy answer. Participation in the forums goes towards the course score, along with the quizzes and end of course quizzes.

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