Contemporary China represents a society transforming itself through economic development and infrastructure investment that seeks global leadership. China’s society and politics reflects its historical past, which is largely influence by patterns of philosophy and religion. In order to understand China in the twenty-first century it is necessary to understand how its civilization developed. This course explores Chinese entrepreneurs, writers, artists, botanists, administrators, among others, as a means of providing perspectives on its political economy. Students will examine intellectual and religious trends, material and political culture along side art and literature. Students will write one short essay on a topic of their choosing, and also take several short multiple choice quizzes.