This course explores broader but deeper explanations to the history of Chinese society. The goal of the course is to provide students with the advanced and substantial knowledge of various important topics that together present a very significant picture of the Chinese society, for example, social structure, urbanization and commerce; gender; family and kinship; education and examination system, as well as religion and ritual. One or two topics will be chosen for intensive study. An important emphasis of this course is to help students develop critical thinking, analytical expertise, and skills in assessing historical source materials, presentation and writing. By the end of the semester, students will be able to examine and reflect how the past society continues to influence and shape today’s world.