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East Asia: Origins To 1800 (March 28 - June 6, 2022)

This complimentary online seminar explores history and culture of East Asia and discusses ways to effectively incorporate it into your curriculum. This course is open to all teachers.

Application Deadline: rolling acceptance until Friday, March 25, 2022


History and social studies teachers will find the course covers essential topics and periods, but those teaching art, literature and other subjects will also find it useful. It covers the history and cultures of East Asia from the neolithic past to 1800 when these civilizations were as advanced as any. The course includes an overview of the region’s geography and demography, early thought including Confucianism and Legalism as well as the links between China, Korea and Japan. We’ll examine social hierarchies and expectations and more through literature and art. And we’ll explore the technological breakthroughs, economic rise and political systems of the region.

Instruction is provided by top scholars and educators. In addition to providing educators with a solid foundation on East Asia, the course emphasizes ways to bring the themes and problems of the various places and periods alive for K-12 students. Participants are provided with a variety of primary sources as well as recommendations on great films and web resources. The course supports national education standards.

The online seminar includes:

  • video presentations (two hours a week) that you watch on your own schedule
  • background and primary source readings
  • mandatory online forum participation
  • weekly live online discussion with the specialist for that topic


  • For Los Angeles Unified School District educators, 2 LAUSD salary points (no fee)
  • For all other districts, 6 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
  • Online resources and materials
*Must complete seminar requirements


  • East Asian Geography and Demography
  • Early Civilizations, Religions and Philosophies
  • Pre-modern Korea
  • Imperial China
  • Classical and Warrior Japan
  • East Asian literature and history
  • and much more!


*subject to change
Session Date Online Meeting Time
1 Mon 3/28 4-5pm PT
2 Mon 4/4 4-5pm PT
3 Mon 4/18 4-5pm PT
4&5 Sat 4/23 9am-12pm PT
6 Mon 5/2 4-5pm PT
7 Mon 5/9 4-5pm PT
8&9 Sat 5/14 9am-12pm PT
10 Mon 5/23 4-5pm PT
11 Mon 6/6 4-5pm PT


1. Submit your application below.

The course is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Funding from the Freeman Foundation enables us to offer the seminar.