EAST4110 – Readings in East Asian Culture and History

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Course content

This reading course is designed to meet individual needs of Master's students within the programme option East Asian Culture and History.

In consultation with a course teacher, you should compile your own reading list on a subject area related to the topic of your planned Master's thesis. The choice of literature should provide a good general basis of information on the subject matter and its significance within a wider context.

The literature should include a wide range of issues and perspectives. Basic introductions cannot be included. The reading list should include around 1000 pages. It may include both books in English and East Asian languages.

If the subject area is closely related to lower level courses, the reading list must be more advanced (representing in-depth theoretical or thematic study). The reading list cannot include literature that has been used at earlier levels.

The reading list must be approved by the course teacher.

For students at the Master's programme in East Asian Culture and History this course should be taken in conjunction with EAST4010 – Research Methodology in East Asian Studies.

Learning outcome

  • You will learn to critically read research literature and form an opinion on the problem complexes involved.
  • You will learn to summarize and present a research debate in an independent and reflected manner.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option East Asian Culture and History.

Overlapping courses

The course may overlap with discontinued courses and old study units of all types and levels. The student must ensure that the content of the course does not overlap with other study units one has previously obtained credits for.

Contact the department if you have any questions.


Instruction is provided in the form of guidance, both for groups and individuals.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


One review paper and one term paper, both of 4-5 pages (2300 characters per page, excluding spaces). Front page and list of references come in addition. The topics of both papers should be formulated after the initial consultation meeting between the student and the teacher.

The review paper is basically a critical assessment of the literature on the reading list. The term paper is an independent work on a topic related to the themes treated in the literature on the reading list. Work on the papers will take place throughout the entire semester.

Each paper counts for 50 % of the final grade. The review paper and the term paper have to be uploaded in Inspera within the given deadline.

Grading guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluation fall 2016

Facts about this course






There is no teaching in the course.


The course is offered on a unfrequently basis.

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