Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (中国哲学概论)

Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (中国哲学概论) (CHS101)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

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Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CHS101 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy traces the development stage of Chinese philosophy. It introduces the major schools of thought, classic works and ideological systems, important propositions, basic concepts, and the inherent logic of Chinese philosophy. It clarifies the evolution of Chinese philosophy, the main conceptual categories, and enables students to understand the inheritance and innovation of Chinese philosophy of all eras. This course also attempts to eliminate the separation of time and space, so that students can resonate with the philosophy of ancient Chinese people, and understand the epoch of philosophical thought and the permanence of philosophical spirit, and realise the uniqueness of Chinese philosophy.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Overview of Chinese Philosophy
  • Schools of thought in the spring and autumn period (1) – Confucian
  • Schools of thought in the spring and autumn period (2) – Taoism
  • Schools of thought in the spring and autumn period (3) – Mohism
  • Schools of thought in the spring and autumn period (4) – Legalism
  • Selected works of Hui Shi and Gongsun Long
  • Philosophy of the Han Dynasty
  • Metaphysics of the Wei-Jin period
  • Buddhism of the Sui and Tang Dynasties
  • Confucianism and Taoism of Tang Dynasty
  • Neo-Confucianism of the Song and Ming dynasties
  • Modern Chinese Philosophy

Learning Outcome

  • Identify key concepts in Chinese philosophy.
  • Describe social phenomenon using concepts from Chinese philosophy.
  • Demonstrate how Chinese philosophy connects with the social world around them.
  • Show how the concepts and theories taught apply to their personal and professional experiences.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the processes of the social world from the Chinese philosophy perspective.
  • Apply concepts of Chinese philosophy to decipher social developments of modern Chinese speaking world.
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