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Political language and discourse in Modern China


Admission requirements

Modern Chinees II: lezen& schrijven. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that participants have spent an extended period of time studying in China or Taiwan.


This course deals with key political concepts and terms, and analyses their usage in the political discourse of the People’s Republic of China, from the foundation of the PRC to the present. Students will be introduced to the basic ideas of discourse theory and to the methodological approach of discourse analysis, as well as to the use of rhetoric and specific vocabulary in Chinese political communication during various stages of PRC history.

Course objectives

Students are expected to acquire the following knowledge:

  • the ability to apply the theoretical and methodological implications of discourse analysis to Chinese texts,

  • an understanding of basic socialist terminology,

  • an understanding of the rhetoric in Chinese political writings.

  • an understanding of Chinese political language characteristics during different phases of PRC history.

The course will provide background knowledge for the pursuit of BA3 and MA courses on Chinese politics, and is a good preparation for the BA3 second semester seminar Visual Political Communication in modern China. It is recommended that students take both these modules.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

In order to pass this course, the following will be required of the participants:

  • One oral presentation (40% of final mark).

  • Written translation examination (60%).
    Passing grades in both elements are required to pass the module. Regular, punctual attendance, thorough preparation of reading material, and continuous participation in plenary discussions are also expected.


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Contact information

Dr. Florian Schneider
Office Location: Arsenaal 009

F. Schneider