The programme provides the candidate with:
- Advanced knowledge of major research topics in the field of contemporary Chinese society and politics, such as changing relations of state/society/individual, socio-economic developments, and the globalization of China.
- Thorough knowledge of one or more major scholarly theories and theoretical debates pertaining to the analysis of political developments, rule of law, ethnic relations, gender, religion, education, media and environment in Chinese society.
- The ability to apply insights in investigating new areas and new problems within Chinese society and politics, search for and find relevant sources, and analyze them with the aid of relevant theory.
- The ability to analyze academic problems in the study of contemporary Chinese ideas and ideologies and China’s historical global encounters.
- Advanced command of the Chinese language especially for reading and/or oral data collection.
- The ability to critically assess existing research on modern China through careful reading, analysis, and discussion.
- The skills to apply relevant theoretical perspectives and research methodologies of fieldwork and textual analysis in the context of modern China studies.
- The ability to develop a research project on modern China, including formulation of a research problem, contextualizing the research topic, searching for sources and engaging in analytic discussion, in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.
- The ability to analyze problems of an academic, professional and research ethical nature raised in various fields of work relevant to the study of Chinese society and politics.
- The ability to work both independently and in groups with fieldwork, presentations and/or development of projects on modern China, while applying the acquired knowledge and skills.
- Competence in presenting academic research about China both to specialists and to a broader non-academic public.
- The ability to contribute actively to new thinking within the study of modern China based on both theoretical and empirical insights.