This course helps students acquire analytical, and research ability and skills in the study of history of Sino-foreign relations and provide them with an academic grounding for graduate studies in documentology using a learning discovery approach. The course describes and analyses a variety of primary sources (mainly classical Chinese text), e.g. historical documents, archives, literary writings, paintings and maps etc. and covers a wide range of themes, e.g. art, gender, religions, languages, politics, societies, economies, legislations, philosophy, archaeology etc., thus enabling students to conduct independent research on relevant content and methodology.