5009555: China at the eastern end of the continental and maritime silk roads - past and present (C15+C20)

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Semester:WS 20/21
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:24.0 L / 18.0 h
Self-directed study time:72.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2020)


  • The course will give you a broad understanding of the Chinese civilization and its relations to the people of the western hemisphere during the last two thousand years.Students:Learn about Chinese history, civilization, religions, economy and politics, including the new policies of President Xi JinpingGet to understand the differences in thinking, behavior and action of the Chinese in contrast to the people in the West.Learn about the economic relations between China, South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Near East and the West along the continental and maritime silk roads. The global East-West-trade is more than 2000 years old.

Learning Outcomes

  • The participants: will understand the major differences in thinking, behavior and action between Chinese and Western people.will have sophisticated instruments of communication with Chinese. Intercultural misunderstandings are the major obstacle for multinational companies.understand the complex economic and cultural relations between China, India, the Islamic states in the Near East and the countries in Europe.will be able to understand the Chinese way of decision making.Will understand that each age has its winners and losers world wide and what we can do about it.



  • Bernstein, William: A splendid exchange. How trade shaped the world, London 2008Englert, Siegfried: Quanzhou. Versuch einer Annäherung, Annweiler: Plöger Medien 2012Frankopan, Peter: The Silk Roads: a new history of the world, London: Bloomsbury 2015Gunn, Geoffrey C.: History without borders. The making of an Asian world region 1000 - 1800, Hongkong University Press 2011Hansen, Valerie: Silk Road, a new history, N.Y.: Oxford Uni Press 2012Hansen, Valerie: The Silk Road, a new history with documents, N.Y.: Oxford Uni Press 2017Hernig, Marcus: Chinas Bauch. Warum der Westen weniger denken muss um den Osten besser zu verstehen, Hamburg: Edition Körber 2015Hofstede, Geert: culture's consequences, N.Y. 2001 (2nd edition)Spence, Jonathan D.: the search for modern China, N.Y. 1990Wood, Frances: The silk road. Two thousand years in the heart of Asia, Berkeley University of California. 2002

Exam Modalities

Paper (80%), Presentation (20%)


18.09.202009:00 - 12:15H5 (Fabrikweg)
18.09.202013:15 - 16:30H5 (Fabrikweg)
13.11.202009:00 - 12:15Virtueller Raum
13.11.202013:15 - 16:30Virtueller Raum
20.11.202009:00 - 12:15Virtueller Raum
20.11.202013:15 - 16:30Virtueller Raum
18.12.202009:00 - 12:15Virtueller Raum
18.12.202013:15 - 16:30Virtueller Raum