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KIN4012 – Language/Literature 1

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Course content

A methodological approach to the study of the Chinese language and Chinese literature. The course is constructed around a given theme. It encompasses the reading of original texts, secondary literature in Chinese and in other languages, as well as discussions about the methodological use of these sources. Both linguistic and literary questions will be covered but the student will be able to decide his or her main focus area.

Learning outcome

The student will acquire sufficient reading knowledge to be able to read and use Chinese primary sources in the study of the Chinese language and Chinese literature. The student will also be trained in critical use of relevant secondary sources both in Chinese and in other languages as well as the use of relevant reference literature. In addition the choice of theme in the two parts of the course will acquaint the student especially well with certain aspects of the Chinese language and Chinese literature. Further, the student will learn to prepare annotated translations of Chinese texts.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

An 80-group in Chinese language at BA level with a grade of at least C in Chinese 3+4 (KIN2110), alternatively Chinese major subject with a mark of at least 2.7. Students from other educational institutions may apply provided that they have attained a BA degree or equivalent with the main weight on Chinese language and culture. Students who do not have an 80-group in Chinese may also apply on condition that they can document sufficient knowledge of Chinese and that they have a BA degree with in-depth specialisation in relevant subjects within linguistics or literature.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes basic Chinese language skills corresponding to KIN2110 and a basic acquaintance with Chinese literature corresponding to KIN1300.


Teaching is in the form of seminars and requires active participation and the handing in of compulsory assignments. Teaching takes place throughout the semester.


The course evaluation is in two parts, one written and one oral. The written paper consists of annotated translation and/or summarising. The oral consists of an oral presentation and participation during teaching. The written part is an essay and should be up to 10 pages, 2300 characters per page, plus bibliography.

The written and the oral part each carry 50% of the final grade.
Students must obtain passing grades in both the oral and the written part to pass the course.

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


The course forms 1/6 of the requirement for the MA degree in Chinese studies and may also be incorporated into other MA programmes.

This course may not be incorporated into Chinese Main Subject under the old system.

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