Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society 2 (F19)

Course content

A review of the most important political, social and cultural developments in China after ca 1900 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 modern China and its impact on China today. 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)

Learning outcome

BA 2015-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 1 (fagelementkode HKIB00821E)

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

Lectures and student presentations, 2 + 1 hours weekly

Jonathan D. Spence. The Search for Modern China: Third Edition.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2013.

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

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment

Single subject courses (day)

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