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Eastern Kingdoms - A Survey of Asia's History

Course Catalog ID:
4396
Subject Categories:
Social Studies / Social Science
Description

Are you curious about…the development of yoga? The invention of fireworks and the cannon? The real story of Mulan? An ocean-going naval explorer 80 years before Columbus? The story of Indian curry? The origin of manga? The birth of Korean hangol writing? These and many more interesting topics are studied in this exciting course which focuses on the histories of India, South Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia from around 2000 years ago to the present day. This snapshot tour will not only consider events, but also seek to understand why Asian cultures developed as they have. We will learn to appreciate diverse cultures – including their art, literature, societal structures, customs, architecture, religion and ethical systems. We will be challenged to consider civilizations with worldviews that are quite different from a western worldview, helping us to understand how 4 billion people “see things” today. In doing so, we will also reflect on what this teaches about our own cultures, history, and worldview.

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Reviews from Students and Parents

“This course really sheds light on Asian history that many students don’t learn or emphasize. This class also prepares you for World History by giving you a solid background in Asia’s long and complicated history. I loved this class and would highly recommend it to any student.”

Celia M
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Student

“Whether you are interested in one specific Asian country or the area as a whole, this class will help you gain insight into the culture and history that has formed the region today. The teacher guided us through many class discussions and breakout rooms into the fascinating history of China’s ancient dynasties, India’s achievement of independence, and much more. While challenging at times due to the workload, you will definitely learn a lot.”

Dylan H
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Student

“The course was not only extremely informative on matters regarding Asian history, but the assignments and activities were all fun, interesting, and most importantly, made you think critically rather than just memorize facts.”

Alyanna S
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Student

“I would recommend this course not only to history enthusiasts, but really anyone who wants to better understand society. We were not only taught facts and dates, but also analyzed the how and why of history. We got to see a clear progression of science and religion, which led to a better understanding of current world events.”

Eliav T
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Student

“This course was interactive and fun and kept me engaged the entire school year with discussions, interesting assignments, and projects — definitely one of my favorite classes.”

Hannah I
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Student

“This course helped me to learn more about Asia and understand how current relationships between countries have been affected by their history. There are many activities to help students remember the material they have learned.”

Isabelle M
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Student