History of China - Bronze Age to the Last Dynasties, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | United States
19 months
281 USD/year
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the History of China - Bronze Age to the Last Dynasties program in collaboration with Harvard University - Harvard University - HarvardX.

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History of China - Bronze Age to the Last Dynasties program from Harvard University - Harvard University - HarvardX explores the development of this great civilization from the Neolithic to the last dynasty. 

We see the formation of political structures and social practices that have lasted into the present; we learn to appreciate artistic and literary traditions of sophistication and refinement; we inquire into its philosophical and religious legacies and their significance for our own lives; and we trace the creation of the largest economy in world history.

Explore the development of Chinese civilization with this comprehensive series on the history, geography, and culture of the country. From the Neolithic to the creation of the largest global economy in world history, this course will help you gain a critical appreciation of China's literary, philosophical, political, and cultural resources.

The political and moral ideas of ancient China are an ever more important part of the country’s modern identity. This series will show how China’s civilization developed and how it became the world’s first centralized bureaucratic state governing the largest population in the world. We will learn why the family is so important in Chinese culture, how Buddhism became part of everyday life, and how the high culture of the literati came to include not only the refined arts of calligraphy and classical Chinese poetry but also dramas and novels. All in the context of a constantly shifting political landscape as empires, dynasties, and economies rose and fell.

Join us to gain an appreciation for the artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and political traditions of the people who created the largest economy in world history.

What you will learn

  • China’s origins and how early concepts in Chinese culture still matter in the 21st century
  • How the relationship to the self evolved with the spread of aristocratic culture and Buddhism
  • Classical Chinese poetry and the ancient art of calligraphy
  • How a shifting social and political elite ultimately brings unity to China, ushering in an age of global empire
  • How the economic and political realities of today’s China originated in the region centuries ago

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • China's Political and Intellectual Foundations: From Sage Kings to Confucius

  • China's First Empires and the Rise of Buddhism

  • Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture in China

  • Literati China: Examinations, Neo-Confucianism, and Later Imperial China

  • Global China: From the Mongols to the Ming

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 19 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    281 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 445 USD for the full programme during 19 months.
  • National

    281 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 445 USD for the full programme during 19 months.


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