Chinese Culture Studies 101

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Course Description


China is becoming a world power. The economy is booming. The people are prospering now more than ever before.   On top of that, more and more Western companies are doing business with Chinese counterparts.   We are seeing China appear more in our news, and we're seeing the country become a force in manufacturing and politics.  

However, China is not a new up-and-comer in the world. It's a country that's thousands of years old and steeped in history and culture.   From its beautiful landscapes, to its etiquette, and to its philosophical beliefs that influence daily life, China is a country whose ancient roots influence its modern society.   It's a fascinating place to learn about… and easy to fall in love with.

This course was designed to teach you about Chinese culture today and the accepted behaviors of the Chinese people.   You'll learn about the lifestyles of modern Chinese people, the philosophies that guide their lives, and get an in-depth glimpse into Chinese culture so that, if you visit, you'll fit right in.

You'll also learn:

  • The history of China
  • About the climate and terrain
  • The ancient philosophies that still influence the culture and the people
  • Day to day life in China
  • The Chinese views on gender, family, and even foreigners (this may not be what you think)
  • Regional cuisines that you may encounter
  • Occupations and hobbies in China
  • Religions in China
  • About Chinese medicine
  • Business etiquette and culture
  • And much, much more.

If you're curious about China or are planning a visit either for business or pleasure, this course is a must-have.   You can buy a travel guide in any bookstore. This course, however, will introduce you to the most important part of China: its people.   You'll learn everything you want to know about their culture, and you'll get more than enough insight to be a welcome part of Chinese society during your visit.


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: China: Its History, Land, and People

Lesson 2: Attitudes on Foreigners, Gender, and Family

Lesson 3: Lifestyles and Home Life

Lesson 4: Government, Politics, and the Media

Lesson 5: Religions and Rituals

Lesson 6: Chinese Values and Attitudes

Lesson 7: Health and Well Being

Lesson 8: Food and Drink

Lesson 9: Culture and Nightlife

Lesson 10: Business Culture

Lesson 11: Banquets and Events

Lesson 12: Communicating

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with a final  assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know China as a country.
  • Describe Chinese attitudes about foreigners, gender, and family.
  • Know Chinese lifestyles and home life.
  • Know Chinese government, politics, religions, rituals, values, attitudes, and the media.
  • Know health and well being in China.
  • Describe culture and nightlife in China.
  • Describe business culture in China, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1: China: Its History, Land, and People10
Feelings for the West25
Lesson 2: Attitudes on Foreigners, Gender, and Family10
Home Life25
Lesson 3: Lifestyles and Home Life10
Chinese Government25
Lesson 4: Government, Politics, and the Media10
Chinese Religions25
Lesson 5: Religions and Rituals10
Chinese Values25
Lesson 6: Chinese Values and Attitudes10
Chinese Medicine25
Lesson 7: Health and Well Being10
Chinese Foods25
Lesson 8: Food and Drink10
Chinese Culture25
Lesson 9: Culture and Nightlife10
Business Culture25
Lesson 10: Business Culture10
Chinese Etiquette25
Lesson 11: Banquets and Events10
The Final Assignment100
Lesson 12: Communicating10
The Final Exam60
Total Points:535

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