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Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese (ResMA)


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Asian Studies (research) or another relevant research MA programme. Sufficient familiarity with classical Chinese (i.e. having successfully finished the BA3- course “Classical Chinees III” or a comparable course). If you are in doubt about the level of your familiarity with Classical Chinese, contact the convenor of the course, Dr. Fan Lin prior to registration.
Students of other MA programmes are kindly referred to the MA version of this course.


This course consists of intensive reading of art historical texts in classical Chinese language for MA students who have successfully completed their studies of Classical Chinese at BA level.

Course objectives

  • Understand vocabulary in Chinese art history

  • Expand grammatical knowledge and refine reading skills

  • Refine translation skills

  • Use dictionaries and other relevant sources


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed because of illness or misadventure. In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Course load 5 EC * 28 hours 140 hours
Weekly seminars: 12 × 2 hours 24 hours
Six extra contact hours for ResMA students 6 hours
Class preparation (complete assignments and readings): 5 × 12 hours 60 hours
Preparing assignments 10 hours
Final essay 40 hours

Assessment method

Academic Integrity

Students should familiarize themselves with the notion of academic integrity and the ways in which this plays out in their own work. A good place to start is this page. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may not substantially reuse texts they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Students must submit their assignment(s) to Brightspace through Turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.

Assessment and weighing

Assessment weighing
Class participation and and assignments 40%
Final Essay 60%


Students must complete all requirements (participation, assignments, final essay) to pass the course.
There is no resit opportunity for participation and assignments. The resit for the final essay is only available to students whose final grade is insufficient. The resit will then make up 100% of the grade.

Exam Review

Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.

Reading list

See Brightspace.

For the Research MA students, additional readings will be determined by the convener at a later stage taking into account the students’ fields of interest. The extra sessions will be used to discuss the additional literature.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “USIS-Actnbr.”. More information on uSis is available in Dutch and English. You can also have a look at the FAQ.


Dr. Fan Lin


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.