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ERIC Number: EJ893825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Teaching the Bill of Rights in China
Mosser, Kurt
History Teacher, v43 n3 p357-373 May 2010
In this article, the author shares his experience in teaching a course called "American Political Theory" at Nanjing University in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. The course the author designed was intended to explore the philosophical background of what drove the North American colonists to declare their independence; what ideas informed the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; and what models competed in determining the state envisaged. Although his professional training is in philosophy, the author was teaching the course under the auspices of the History Department at Nanjing University. The course presented two sets of challenges. One set might be considered "technical" challenges in actually delivering the course content. The second set resides in the traditions, history, and culture of China, and the radically distinct conception of the state they presuppose. Here, the author deals with the technical challenges, before taking up the more difficult issues of those presuppositions. (Contains 1 figure and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China