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KIN4023 – Anthropology/Sociology 2

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course is constructed around one or more anthropological or sociological theme(s) and encompasses the reading and analysis of selected Chinese works on China as well as discussions about theory and method. In addition central non-Chinese sources will be consulted. The course will involve some more advanced texts and complex questions than MA Chinese Studies; KIN4013 - Anthropology/Sociology 1

Learning outcome

The student will acquire a deeper insight into the development of the disciplines anthropology and sociology in a Chinese context based on Chinese sources. The student will also be given advanced training in how to read and relate to anthropological/sociological data and reference literature. The student will acquire an understanding of the special methodological challenges facing anthropology/sociology in China and will gain a foundation necessary for later field work in China. In addition the choice of theme will acquaint the student especially well with certain aspects of anthropological/sociological research in China. Further, the student will also practice preparing project descriptions and dealing with academic questions in written form and thus prepare for later work on the MA thesis.


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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 anthropology, sociology or political science.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes basic insight into Chinese history, society and politics corresponding to the courses KIN1501 and KIN1503 in addition to basic Chinese language skills corresponding to KIN2110. The course is a continuation of MA Chinese Studies; KIN4013 - Anthropology/Sociology 1, however this course is not a prerequisite.


Teaching is in the form of lectures and 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 central source readings. The oral consists of 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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