Summarize is the role of Confucianism in Chinese culture and society today.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper that addresses the following topics:

  • Describe the Five Great Relationships.
  • Explain how the  Ideal Person is to act.
  • Summarize is the role of Confucianism in Chinese culture and society today.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Limit direct quotes to less than 10% of the total manuscript.


Required Template:


The first paragraph of the manuscript is the formal introduction and should forecast the essay.  It consists of four key elements: a hook, thesis statement, supporting sentences, and a transition sentence.  The hook is designed to grab the reader’s attention.  For this assignment, it could be about the impact of Confucianism in modern culture.  Consider using statistics, a brief quote, or anecdote.  The thesis statement is one, declarative statement that reflects the main idea of the entire manuscript; it is the cornerstone of the paper, so give it careful thought.  Supporting sentences prepare the reader for the manuscript by identifying key points to be explored.  Avoid phrases such as, “This paper will discuss…”  A key to successful supporting sentences is to examine the outline of the paper and create two or three sentences that cluster these ideas in a fluid manner.  This paper has three key objectives.  The transition sentence is the hand off to the next paragraph.  For more details about the introduction, as well as an example, visit the Center for Writing Excellence > Tutorials & Guides > Essay Development [heading] > Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays > Organizing the Essay > Writing the Introduction.

Five Great Relationships

This section should describe the Five Great Relationships.  Identify each one, in one or two sentences explain what it is about and give an example.  Cite sources using APA.  The paragraph should be approximately 100 words.

Ideal Person

This section should explain how the Ideal Person should act.  Be sure to mention the junzi and what the qualities of the ideal person are.  Cite your source of information using APA.  The paragraph should be approximately 100 words.

Confucianism Today

The last section should summarize the role of Confucianism in Chinese current culture and society today.  Be sure to cite a source.  This section should be approximately 100 words.


The conclusion is a single paragraph that summarizes the paper much like the introduction prepared the reader.  Restate the thesis to remind the reader of the main idea.  Summarize the highlights, but do not introduce anything new.  End with some final thoughts or a pronouncement the leaves the reader pondering.


For this assignment, you need a minimum of five academic sources.  Your textbook is an excellent reference for starters.  Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias are not appropriate academic sources and will not count toward the required minimum of five academic sources.

Notice that entries should be in hanging indent (the reverse of a typical paragraph indentation).  This template is already formatted for hanging indent.  Just click and type; the text will automatically wrap and reflect the correct indentation.

Consider using the Reference and Citation Generator at the Center for Writing Excellence.

Scripture or sacred text of any religion are not considered academic sources and therefore do not count as one of the required five sources.  In academic circles, they are considered literary sources, but not academic.

Entries should be listed in alphabetical order using the author’s last name.