Malcolm Riddell at China Debate just did a post [link no longer exists] noting how Harvard University has posted online (for free!) a 37 class course on China.

The 37 lectures were filmed as they were given as part of a course entitled, China: Traditions and Transformations. The course was/is taught by William C. Kirby and Peter K. Bol.

Here is the course description:

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management. Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought. These themes are discussed in order to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

This course is part of Harvard’s open learning initiative so you can view (again, note that it is free) via either streaming video or audio.

I know of very few people who would not benefit from a course like this and my goal is to complete it within the year.  Would love to hear back from anyone who watches at least a few of the lectures.