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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Confucius and the World Syllabus, Spring 2019 (a)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
16 January 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 01-16
16 January 2013—Channeling Liam: Yellow Highlighters
16 January 2012—Just Do It Over: Mahler's Ninth Cellphony
16 January 2011—Goofus and Gallant Resource Center

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16
[a] 孔子 RF
Confucius and the World
History 150
Spring 2019
TTh 10:00-11:50
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                             Tuesday      5:30-7:00
363-2005                                                                               Thursday    4:00-5:30
lafleur@beloit.edu
                                           
                  
Required Books           
Ames, Roger and Harry Rosemont. The Analects of Confucius.
Chin, Annping. Confucius: The Analects.
Chin, Annping. The Authentic Confucius.
Fingarette, Herbert. Confucius: The Secular as Sacred.

Major, John and Constance Cook. Ancient China: A History 
Gardner, Daniel. Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction.
Gardner, Daniel. The Four Books.
Gardner, Daniel. Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects.
Lau, D.C. Confucius: The Analects.
Nylan, Michael. The Analects.
Paramore, Kiri. Japanese Confucianism.
Slingerland, Edward. The Analects (with selections from traditional commentaries).

Reserve Books or Handouts
LaFleur, Robert. Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius (foreword and afterword).
LaFleur, Robert. Confucius's Analects—A Social Translation.
Makeham, John. Transmitters and Creators.

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Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual (required in all history classes)
Character notebook (for practicing Chinese characters) 
The New York Review of Books (NYRB)

Course Description
Confucius (551-479 BCE) taught a wide range of disciples during a time we have come to know as the "Spring and Autumn" period of China's Zhou dynasty. His teaching was interspersed with travel and concerted attempts to find employment in the service of one of the budding and ambitious states of a changing society. After his death, his students compiled his teachings into a series of "analects"—brief observations about human behavior, social structure, and ritual conduct that would carry enormous power throughout the course of Chinese history.
Confucius could never have known that his teachings would be studied and adapted for twenty-five centuries. He also could not have anticipated the ways that those teachings would be transformed into something that has carried his name during that time (Western renderings often put it into the form called "Confucianism"). This course will introduce Confucius's Analects and trace their journey through the widely disparate period that make up Chinese history to the present day. Through it all, we will consider a "living" Confucius and a "living" text that continues to exert a profound influence on the world both within and well beyond China.

Evaluation
Quizzes.............................................15% 
Brief Essay and Rewrite....................  5%
Letter Assignment.............................15%
Exam I...............................................15%
Midterm analysis...............................15
Exam II..............................................15%
Final Paper........................................20%
Class attendance and participation is expected.  
Late assignments will be penalized.

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HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16 
HIST 150—Introduction to Historical Thinking
Confucius and the World
Week I 
January 22-24
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
          History as the Self-Knowledge of the Mind
Mills, The Sociological Imagination
          Appendix
Cohen, History in Three Keys
          Preface
          Prologue
Nagel, What is it like to be a bat?
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Read the ATTENDANCE POLICY for this course (it will be enforced).
Read the LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY for this course (it will be enforced). 
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1,000-word "miniature" review essay examining one question:
"What is 'Historical Thinking'?"
This should be written as a brief, but well-structured 
academic essay, and not an informal work.
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27
Click Here to Review the Late Assignment Policy

Week II
January 29-31
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 1-3
(this material will be on the quiz, and eventually on the exams; since you saw the lectures in class, you may choose either to watch them again on your own or to rely on the notes you took in class on January 17—your choice).
LaFleur, Confucius/Analects (Foreword and Afterword)—.pdf
Lau, Confucius—The Analects: 59-105
     Books 1-10
Gardner, Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction 
          Chronology
          Confucius (551-479 BCE) and His Legacy
          The Individual and Self-Cultivation
          Government in Confucian Teachings 
          Variety Within Early Confucianism
          The Reorientation of the Confucian Tradition After 1000 CE
          Confucianism in Practice
          Epilogue: Confucianism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 1-58
          Introduction to Ancient China  
          Geography, climate, and the physical setting of Chinese history
          The Neolithic Era and the Jade Age

Notebooks due by .pdf file by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3
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Read the Confucian Analects Letter Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24
(my office—MI 206) 
February 5, 7
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 4-6
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
Lau, Confucius—The Analects: 106-160
     Books 11-20 
Gardner, The Four Books
     Introduction: The Four Books in Chinese Society
     The Great Learning
     The Analects 
     The Mencius 
     Maintaining Perfect Balance
     Conclusion: Interpreting the Four Books
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 59-98
          The Early Bronze Age
          The Shang Dynasty

Week I Rewrite Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10
(in my office—MI 206) 
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Read the Confucian Analects Letter Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24
(my office—MI 206) 
Week IV
February 12, 14
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 7-9
Annping Chin, The Authentic Confucius, 1-222
     Prologue
     Introduction
     Leaving Home
     Families and Politics
     Companions
     Wanderings
     Return
     Teaching
     The Rites of Life and Death
     Defenders
     Epilogue 
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 99-124
          The Western Zhou Period

Notebooks due by .pdf file by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17
***  *** 
Read the Confucian Analects Letter Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24
(my office—MI 206) 

 Week V
(February 19, 21)
See the Class Attendance Policy   

February 19, 21
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 10-12
Fingarette, Confucius: The Secular as Sacred (.pdf)
     Human Community as Holy Rite
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 1-65
     Introduction
Chin, Confucius: The Analects, xv-xxvi
     Introduction
Slingerland, Confucius: Analects, vii-xxv
     Preface
     Introduction
Nylan, The Analects, ix-lxiii
     Translator's Introduction
     Editor's Introduction
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 125-145
          The Spring and Autumn Period 

Notebooks due by .pdf file by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24
***  *** 
Confucian Analects Letter Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24
(my office—MI 206) 

Week VI
February 26, 28
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 13-15
Ames and Rosemont, The Analects of Confucius, 71-229
            Books 1-20
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 146-178
          The Warring States Period

Notebooks due by .pdf file by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3
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Read the Fifty Analects Assignment
Due on Sunday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.
(my office—MI 206

Week VII
 (March 5, 7)
See the Class Attendance Policy  
March 5, 7
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lectures 16-18
Chin, Confucius: The Analects, 1-327
            Books 1-20
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 179-196
          The Rise and Fall of the Qin Dynasty

Exam I (in-class on Thursday)

No notebooks due this week
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Read the Fifty Analects Assignment
Due on Sunday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.
(my office—MI 206

Week VIII
Midterm Break

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16

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