HST261 Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • identify the main periods of premodern Chinese history and discuss the major philosophical, religious, cultural, political, and economic developments associated with them
  • explain the centripetal forces that united Chinese civilization despite the centrifugal forces that tended towards decentralization and fragmentation
  • develop a thesis on an aspect of premodern Chinese history that is supported by arguments that draw on a combination of primary and secondary sources
Learning Outcomes for History Majors
  • Students should be able to identify the causes and consequences of certain historical events and issues in selected chronologies of history.
  • Students should be able to identify secondary sources. They should be able to describe the thesis as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments. 
  • Students should be able to identify primary sources. They should be able to describe the potential insights and limitations an historical document will yield for a given historical problem. 
  • Students should be able to choose appropriate primary and/or secondary sources for a given research topic.
  • Students should be able to establish a thesis and defend their arguments using primary and/or secondary sources.