Introduction to the History, Culture and Society of China 1 (E18)

Course content

A review of the most important political, social and cultural developments in pre-modern China based on China’s unique combinations of geographical, ethnic and linguistic factors. Classes wil be conducted as lectures (Thursdays) and student presentations and discussions of source material (Fridays). The course will focus on the following topics thematically and diachronically: Revolution, politics, society, agriculture, nation making, education, philosophy, religion, literature and other cultural manifestations. Emphasis is on historical trends that lead to the formation of modern China. An additional focus is the changing views of China as well as China’s changing views of its own position in the world.


Curriculum for Asian studies at bachelor's degree with basic subject in
Indology, Indonesian/South-East Asian Studies, Japanese, Chinese,
Korean, Thai/South-East Asian studies or Tibetology, 2015 curriculum

Curriculum for the elective studies at BA level in China Studies (the
2007 curriculum)

Curriculum for the Bachelor elective in China Studies 2018 curriculum



Learning outcome

BA 2015-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 1 (fagelementkode HKIB00811E)

BA Tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie og kulturhistorie 1 (fagelementkode HKIB10012E)

BA Elective 2018-Curriculum:
Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society A (Activity code HKIB10151E)

Lectures and student presentations, 2 + 1 hours weekly

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, ed. 1993. Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook. Second Edition, Revised and Expanded. New York: The Free Press.

Tanner, Harold M. 2009. China: A History. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 150,25
  • English
  • 206,25