Introduction to the History, Culture and Society of China 1/A (E23)

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 various topics and 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 2022 curriculum
  • The bachelor level minor subject in China Studies 2019



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)

Bachelordelen af sidefaget i kinastudier 2019

Introduktion til Kinas historie og kulturhistorie 1 (Aktivitetskode: HKIB10151E)

BA Elective CBS 2022-Curriculum:
Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society A (Activity code HKIB02041E)

Exchange students BA level:
(Activity code HKIB10151E)


Lectures and student presentations, 2 + 1 hours weekly

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

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

    Tanner, Harold M. China: A History. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2009.
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
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of

China’s geography and demography and key political, economic, social and cultural developments in relation to their historical context.

  • Skills in

Explaining and analysing unreflected assumptions and stereotypes that colour attitudes to China, such as eurocentrism.Communicating at a basic scholarly level, particularly in relation to referencing sources and editing bibliographies based on author-date documentation (as in The Chicago Manual of Style).

  • Competencies in

Finding, structuring and critically evaluating information on a topic related to China’s history and culture.



The written take-home assignment is based on 625 standard pages of scientific literature of which a minimum of 300 pages is set by the examiner.

For the make-up exam/resit, however, the assignment is based on 625 standard pages of scientific literature set by the examiner.

Teaching and working methods

Compulsory class instruction with lectures, active student participation and group presentations.

Exam provisions

Form of exam: Active class participation.

Active class participation is defined as:

At least 75% attendance.

1 oral group presentation (approx. 25 min.) during the semester.

1 set written take-home assignment of maximum 5 standard pages where the research question and bibliography have been approved in advance. At least 4 weeks will be given to the assignment.

Assessment: Internal exam with one examiner, Pass/Fail.

Regulations for group exams: This exam can only be taken individually

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Written exam, set subject. 6 hours. No exam aids are permitted.

Special provisions: Make-up exam/resit: The written assignment consists of an essay in response to questions posed by the examiner concerning Chinese history, culture and society including references and bibliography.


Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester


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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   (5-73767f857f5179867e3f7c863f757c)

Bent Nielsen,
Yi Ma,

Saved on the 11-05-2023

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