Introduction to the History, Culture and Society of China 1/A (E21)

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 will 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.


Offered by:

  • Curriculum for Bachelor in Asian Studies (China) 2019 curriculum
  • Curriculum for Bachelor's elective subject in Asian Studies (Japanese Studies, China studies, Korean studies and Modern India and South Asia studies) 2019-curriculum
  • Curriculum for the Bachelor elective in China Studies CBS students 2019 curriculum



Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 1 (aktivitetskode HKIB00921E)

BA Tilvalg 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie og kulturhistorie 1 (aktivitetskode HKIB10151E)

BA Elective CBS 2019-Curriculum:
Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society A (Activity code HKIB02001E)

Lectures and student presentations, 2 + 1 hours weekly

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

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

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 116,25
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Project work
  • 48
  • English
  • 206,25


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

Se link below
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Bent Nielsen   (5-6a6d767c7648707d7536737d366c73)

Bent Nielsen
Mai Corlin Frederiksen,
Bo Ærenlund Sørensen,

Saved on the 14-07-2021

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