Sex, Gender, and Chinese Thought

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDAR1076 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

GDAR1076 will address the central issues in the history of Chinese attitudes toward sex and gender, and explore how intellectual conceptions of sex and sexuality in China are constructed linguistically, philosophically, and religiously in the classical Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist texts. Emphasis will be given to gender-related issues such as womanhood and female virtues, foot-binding, and the epistemological status of bodily experience. The course will show how the complicated views on the interrelationship between sexual identity/corporeality and spirituality in the ancient Chinese texts has both confirmed and defied traditional feminine-masculine dichotomy with their schematic representations of polarities and unity.

What do the students say about this course?

I love the instructor, Dr. Ellen Zhang, so much! Her class is so vivid and attractive… Also, she is not bound to the syllabus or notes, and she doesn’t explain a lot of Chinese history and basic concepts that a Chinese should know as common sense…

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.