Embedded Spring: China's Capitals Across Time
Beijing, China; Nanjing, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
China, the most populous state in East Asia, has an incredibly long and rich history. China has a long history of dynastic rule (starting in the neighborhood 2000 BCE) and linguistic diversity. This program explores the link between the language and culture of China through travel to various important imperial sites and the modern capital of Beijing.
This program is only open to students enrolled in the SAS Honors Program or Rutgers Honors College.
To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
The course will examine capitals in Chinese history and their relationship to the ebb and flow of historical events and cultural changes. We will consider the impact of dynastic change and population movement on the nature of language and culture. Since at least the Táng Dynasty (618-907), China has had a diverse set of languages and dialects as well as a common koiné language spoken broadly across China by officials and merchants. That koiné language has often, but not always, been associated with the dialects of capital cities. Since the various capitals of China have always been based in the north, or have had populations with northern origins, the koiné has always been a Mandarin based language. Though China’s classical written language was independent of any specific spoken dialect, the common spoken koiné did have influence on the language of literature and literary expression. Thus literary innovation has usually flowed from north to south throughout Chinese history. This course will explore the history of a set of five historical capitals of China and consider the evolution of Chinese culture and literature as it was affected by dynastic change and the evolution of the spoken Mandarin koiné from the Táng through the Qing (1644-1911). We will discover the many ways that wars, dynastic change, and population upheaval affect cultural development and influence cultural and linguistic norms.
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Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in double rooms in four-star hotels throughout the program. Breakfast will be included at the hotels each morning, and lunches and dinners will be provided by the program.
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the Fall semester.
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