Four Great Moments in Classical China: History & Philosophy Through Literature & Film


China is the only ancient civilization that has a continuous history up to this day, and is also the fastest-growing economy in today’s world. No one can afford to overlook China, and our understanding has to begin with its long history, rich philosophies and fascinating cultural icons.

Course Curriculum and Features

This course will use literature and film to highlight four of the most critical and transformative eras of China’s golden ages, giving you a powerful perspective for understanding this rich and complex civilization. Through four foundational historical moments, each represented by one familiar cultural personage, you’ll gain an understanding of China’s peoples, histories and ideas.

Designed For

Those interested in a cross-disciplinary introduction to China.

Attendance and Workload

All Early Fall Start courses require the same amount of academic work as any other UW course, and full attendance and participation is required. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.


Ping Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature

Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.