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Humanities

Humanities – History and Geography — is a holistic, integrative studies program in comparative world civilization.  Using the history, geography and current affairs of China as a pillar, students use Putonghua and English to study how world events in different historical periods have affected human development.  Global Humanities cradle other facets of learning, including sciences, language arts, visual and performing arts.  Students reinforce their dual language mastery while developing critical thinking and logical deduction.  They will also gradually discover their identity, and the limitless possibilities for human endeavor for the betterment of humanity.

Study of Chinese Culture and Society

The focuses of Chinese Culture and Society curriculum will start from:

  • the Archaic period
  • the decline of the first centralized empire (2500BC – 200BC) with the geographical overview of China and the emergence of Chinese civilization (from the mythical period to the fall of the Western Zhou)
  • the decline of central authority and the flowering of Chinese civilization during the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period to the unification and establishment of a centralized state in China
  • the era from the period of division to the reconstitution of a new centralized empire and its decline (200AD -950AD), including the final collapse of central authority in China during the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin era, the rise of Buddhism in China and its consequences, comparison of Buddhism’s role in China with Christianity’s role in Europe, comparison of China’s polytheism with monotheism in Europe and the Middle East as well as the comparison of the Sui/Tang empire and the Islamic Umayyad/Abbassid empire as the Eurasian continent’s two superpowers of the period.

The Chinese curriculum is designed to help students sharpen their ability to make inferences, draw conclusions and understand complex cause and effect. Students will make comparison of the Qin/Han and Roman empires as the Eurasian continent’s two superpowers of the period.

Study of Western Civilization

This curriculum focuses on the origin and the dawn of civilization as well as the classical traditions, major religions, and giant empires.  Topics include major characteristics of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt and India, the emergence of agrarian society, the militarization in Eurasia, the innovation and changes during 1000-600BCE, the emergence of Aegean civilization and how major religions and large-scale empires arose.

The curriculum also focuses on the decline of the Roman and Han empires, the rise of Islamic civilization, the rise of Japanese civilization, the search for political, social and cultural redefinition in Europe as well as the origins, expansion and achievements of Mayan civilization.

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