Professor Yang has been teaching at Renmin University of China since 1982 and won the “Excellent Teacher” Award from the Beijing Municipal Government. He teaches comparative culture emphasizing values, political philosophy and intellectual history, and supervises doctor candidates in those fields. He has been teaching at TBC since 1998 and teaching courses such as Political Histories since 1949, the Cultural Revolution since 2010, and Modern Chinese Literature in Chinese since 2001. In the U.S., he has taught at Towson University and University of Massachusetts, and lectured at Dickinson College, Wheaton College, etc. He translated Nietzsche’s complete works from German into Chinese.
The course is designed for the students to understand modern and future politics of China through its traditional political philosophy. Chinese traditional political philosophy can be focused on three spheres: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. The course will teach the political philosophy of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism respectively and then illustrate their relationships based on the comparison between Chinese and West political philosophies. The course will concentrate on how to use different kinds of power to keep a harmonious society to realize the happiness as a whole.