This course is discontinued

KIN4021 – History/History of Ideas 2

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Course content

The course is based on the reading of sources both in classical and modern Chinese and centres around a methodological approach to the study of Chinese history and/or history of ideas. The course is constructed around a certain theme and involves the reading of original texts, secondary literature in Chinese and in other languages, as well as discussions about the methodological use of these sources. Subjects within both history and history of ideas will be covered but the student will be able to decide his or her main focus area. The course will involve some more advanced texts and complex questions than MA Chinese Studies; KIN4011 - History/History of Ideas 1

Learning outcome

The student will acquire a high level of competence in the Chinese language and advanced reading skills so as to be able to read and use Chinese primary sources in the study of Chinese history/history of ideas. The student will also be given advanced training 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 will acquaint the student especially well with certain aspects of Chinese history/history of ideas. Further, the student will also practice preparing project descriptions and dealing with academic questions in written form.


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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 history or history of ideas.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes basic insight into Chinese history and history of ideas corresponding to KIN1502 and KIN1503 as well as the requirements for the 80-group in Chinese as described in the Programme for Asian and African Studies. The course is a continuation of MA Chinese Studies; History/History of Ideas 1, however this course is not a prerequisite.


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 portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of two parts, one written and one oral. The written paper consists of an essay of approx. 10 pages (23000 characters) on a subject approved by the teacher. The essay should include analysis and consideration of a subject based on primary and secondary source readings. The other part consists of a smaller assignment which involves an oral presentation and participation during teaching. 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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2010

This course is offered for the last time spring 2010


Spring 2010

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