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Course content

This course focuses on the concepts central to the study of modern East Asian culture and history, in particular these related to the historical interplay between tradition and modernity in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean cultures.

The students base their studies on sources in their languages of specialization, but are encouraged to develop a comparative East Asian perspective. The teaching will particularly emphasize such themes as multiplicity of modernities, issues of language and language standardization, the conceptualization of tradition and heritage in the modern societies, as well as modern East Asia’s place in the capitalist world-system and engagement with nationalist ideologies and revolutionary ideas.

Learning outcome

  • Theoretical skills needed to understand the complicated issues of East Asia’s modern development.
  • Methodological skills needed to analyse both texts and the historical developments or ethnographic realities.
  • Techniques of academic writing dealing with complex theoretical and methodological concepts and issues.


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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 options Chinese Culture and Society and Japanese Studies.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with EAST4510 – Multiple Modernities in East Asia: Approaches to the Study of Culture and History (discontinued)

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.


The teaching is organized as 10 classes of 2 hours each throughout the semester. Active participation in class is strongly encouraged.

Compulsory activities

  • A preliminary draft of the term paper. The draft should be approximately 1200-1600 words and encompass title, subtitle, chapter titles, brief contents of each chapter, and a literature list. The draft is to be submitted in Canvas within the given deadline (to be announced).

An approved draft is only valid for one semester.

All compulsory activities must be approved in order to qualify for the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to check whether or not the compulsory activities are approved. 

This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.


The exam is a term paper of 3200 - 3500 words plus list of references on a subject approved by the teacher. Front page and list of references come in addition. The paper should be partly based on sources in the original languages (Chinese, Japanese or Korean).

You must pass the compulsory activities in order to qualify for the exam.

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.

Language of examination

The term papers are normally submitted in English. Alternatively, they may be submitted in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) in exceptional cases. If you want to use a Scandinavian language instead of English, you have to apply to your class teacher for permission.

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

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.


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

Facts about this course




Spring 2020


Spring 2020

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