課程資訊
課程名稱
中國環境史
Chinese Environmental History 
開課學期
110-1 
授課對象
文學院  歷史學研究所  
授課教師
長谷川正人 
課號
Hist5125 
課程識別碼
123 U9410 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期四3,4,5(10:20~13:10) 
上課地點
博雅309 
備註
限學士班三年級以上
總人數上限:15人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1101Hist5125 
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課程概述

【課程注意事項(遠距授課、加簽)】

本學期的第一次上課是在 9/23(四),因應學校防疫措施,前三週採遠距授課方式進行。遠距授課方式在上課日之前公布在CEIBA及NTU COOL上,屆時再請留意。

本學期中國環境史課程的加簽採填寫表單方式,表單會開放到 9/29(三)晚上11點59分,授權碼則會在 9/30(四)寄到加簽成功的同學信箱。

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課程資料請至NTU COOL課程網頁:https://cool.ntu.edu.tw/courses/9675

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This course examines the historical processes of China’s engagement with its natural environment from the pre-modern period to the modern era. China’s rapid economic growth during the last three decades has generated immense wealth and opportunities. Yet, it has also caused serious environmental degradation within and beyond the Chinese borders, including soil contamination, air and water pollution, and deforestation and desiccation. In recent years, the magnitude and global nature of China’s environmental problems have drawn growing attention and raised concerns over health risks worldwide. At the same time, there has also been a renewed interest in better understanding China’s past and the historical roots of the environmental challenges in present-day China. This course aims to situate China’s contemporary environmental changes in a broader historical context and examines the relationships between the state, society, and the environment over the last three millennia of Chinese history. Themes covered will include visions of the environment in early Chinese thought, irrigation and flood control, and population growth and urbanization. The general course format combines critical reading and active discussion. Some background knowledge of Chinese history will be helpful, but is not required. 

課程目標
The goals of the course are threefold. First, this course seeks to provide an overview of the recent scholarship on the environmental history of China, and to introduce a range of approaches and primary sources that scholars have employed in their analyses. Second, this course emphasizes the importance of critically assessing not only primary sources but also scholars’ historical arguments based on evidence. Paper assignments and oral presentations in this course are designed to help hone skills in effectively articulating ideas in both written and oral format. Third, this course addresses the issue of identifying and locating primary sources in historical research. In this course, students will be introduced to a wide range of primary source materials and reference works that are available for use in the NTU Library. 
課程要求
● Class Participation: You are expected to come to class regularly, complete all reading assignments before class, and actively participate in in-class discussions.
● Weekly Web Postings: As part of class participation, each week you should submit a reflection of no more than a paragraph on your reading of the assigned material on the course website at least 24 hours prior to class. Postings need not be in polished form, and you are welcome to focus on one or two of the week’s readings. Possible postings may take the form of a question about the reading, a comparison with other or previous readings, or a response to another student’s posting. These postings are designed to start a dialogue about the readings before class and facilitate our discussion and analysis during class.
● Map Quiz: We will hold a map quiz on the geography of contemporary China in class.
● Two Oral Presentations: On a rotating basis, you will present on selected readings to the class and lead discussion, with particular attention to the author’s analysis of evidence or, in the case of presentations on primary sources, to the material’s value as historical evidence. Each presentation should be no more than 10 minutes. No additional research is required for these presentations.
● Class Reports on Contemporary Events: Over the course of the semester, check news reports on China’s environmental issues regularly and consider connections between our readings and developments in contemporary China. On two designated days, select one news story and bring to class a printed copy of your story. We will discuss everyone’s news story in small and large groups.
● Short Paper (1000 words, double-spaced, due in paper & electronic copy): The first written assignment centers on the importance of evidential support in historical argument. Read with care Charles Sanft’s article, “Environment and Law in Early Imperial China,” and critically assess his argument and evidence. Where necessary, also consult the Qin and Han statutes translated in Sanft, “Edict of Monthly Ordinances for the Four Seasons in Fifty Articles from 5 C.E.” Pay particular attention to the manner in which the author uses and presents evidence in the article. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text to illustrate your analysis.
● Final Paper (2500-3000 words, double-spaced, due in paper & electronic copy): This may be either a research paper using primary sources, or a historiographical paper comparing and contrasting different approaches to one of the historical questions addressed in the course. Whichever option you choose, you are encouraged to draw on the readings on this syllabus as much as possible. Your paper should also identify at least one to two major studies on your topic, assess their historiographical contribution, and firmly situate your analysis among existing perspectives. A proposed title and a one-paragraph summary of your paper topic are due in class in week 11. Brief presentations (10 min each) on individual paper topics are scheduled in week 15.  
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
 
參考書目
● David Bello, “Environmental Issues in Pre-Modern China,” last modified March 27, 2014, Oxford Bibliographies, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-978019 9920082/obo-9780199920082-0087.xml.
● Richard Louis Edmonds, “Environmental Issues in Contemporary China,” last modified April 22, 2013, Oxford Bibliographies, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/ob o-9780199920082/obo-9780199920082-0044.xml. 
指定閱讀
● Marks, Robert B. China: Its Environment and History. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
● Shapiro, Judith. Mao’s War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.  
評量方式
(僅供參考)
 
No.
項目
百分比
說明
1. 
Class participation 
20% 
 
2. 
Map quiz 
5% 
 
3. 
Short paper 
25% 
 
4. 
Final paper 
50% 
 
 
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
第1週
9/23  Introduction 課程介紹 
第2週
9/30  Patterns 模式 
第3週
10/07  Nature, Philosophy, and Law 
第4週
10/14  Water Control 水利 (Map quiz in class 地圖小考) 
第5週
10/21  Statecraft and the Environment 治國與環境 
第6週
10/28  Empire and Nature 帝國與自然 
第7週
11/04  Cities and Nature 城市與自然 
第8週
11/11  Student Reports 期中報告 (Short paper due in class) 
第9週
11/18  Famines 饑荒 
第10週
11/25  Environment and Warfare 環境與戰爭 
第11週
12/02  Mao's Legacy 毛澤東的遺產 
第12週
12/09  China’s Environmental Policy in the Reform Era 改革開放時代的環保政策 
第13週
12/16  Population 人口政策 
第14週
12/23  The Three Gorges Dam Project 三峽工程 
第15週
12/30  Environmental Justice and Civil Society 環境公義與公民社會 
第16週
1/06  Student Reports 期末報告 (Final paper due in class)