China Panorama is designed for students who learn Chinese as the second language, including international students, overseas learners at Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, as well as learners interested in Chinese culture. It describes the fundamentals of China"s past and present and to introduce key topics such as Chinese society, lifestyle changes and China’s entry into the world stage, while at the same time touching on important areas of Chinese thoughts, logic and culture. We hope that as you study the course you will always bear in mind how the development of Chinese society has brought about many changes, whereas other areas have remained unchanged. It also provides topics for a dialogue that might provoke interest and discussion and thus further understanding of China.
China Panorama gives a general introduction to the background knowledge and characteristics of Chinese society and culture, focusing on the development and changes of China, the core values of China and the essence of Chinese culture, so that students can not only have a better understanding of China"s development and current situation, but also have more knowledge about the values of Chinese people, ways of thinking, social life and customs. The course particularly guides students to understand the tangible and intangible institutional culture, life culture, material culture, spiritual culture, etc. in Chinese life to enhance cross-cultural communication abilities and favorable views of China. At the same time, it will also help students to learn Chinese in depth and cultivate their interest in certain areas of Chinese culture.
This course consists of 9 chapters and 26 sessions. It can be used as a compulsory course for international undergraduates and postgraduates studying in China. This course is designed by the Prof. Guo Peng and his team from Beijing Language and Culture University. It is the outcome of the key project of the National Social Science Fund and the research project of the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).
1. 郭鹏，程龙，姜西良. 中国概况[M]. 北京：高等教育出版社，2011.
2. 郭鹏，程龙，姜西良，王群. China Panorama (《中国概况（英文版）》)[M]. 北京：高等教育出版社，2012.