This course seeks to understand today’s China as a product of a long-range history. We
begin with the changes in Chinese life around the 18th century and trace their effects on society, government and ideas. We look for the origins of China’s modern revolution in
the tumultuous events of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, we explore how contemporary China has been shaped by different visions of how to achieve a strong
modern nation. The readings emphasize primary sources (in translation) in order to
visualize China’s history as Chinese themselves have experienced it.
By the end of the course, the student
will have gained a historical understanding of China in a variety of regional contexts, as a first step towards identifying its global influence today.
will have enhanced his or her academic skills, such as reading and analysing the relevant literature as well as primary sources, reporting (in writing and orally) on relevant research topics, and taking part in class discussions.
Mode of instruction
Seminar/lectures and class discussion.
5ec = 140 hrs
Contact hrs: 26
Weekly assignments: on average 5hrs/week
Term paper: 50
Several written and oral assignments (50%)
Term paper (50%)
Compensation is possible but the term paper has to be awarded with a 5 or higher.
Students will be notified of the readings as the course develops.
Registration through uSis. Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registrationprocedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.
It is not possible to write your BA-paper in the context of this course