HIST 2132 Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China

March 23, 2021

HIST 2132 Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China (also ASIAN 2280, CAPS 2132) (HAN)

Tuesday and Thursday: 11:25-12:40

Professor Mara Du

China was and still is regarded in the Western world as a country without the rule of law. In this course, students examine recent scholarship that challenges this simplified understanding of the role of law in Chinese politics and society. It approaches law in early modern and modern China both as a state institution of governance and control, and as a platform that facilitates interactions and negotiations between state and society, between different social forces, and between different cultures. At the same time, this course guides students to develop projects of their own choice, either addressing legal issues or using legal sources, from tentative proposals to research papers based on their examination of original or translated primary sources.

Klarman Hall at sunset