KIN4520 – Recent Developments in Chinese Society

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Course content

Spring 2020: Discourses and Practices of Race, Nation and Gender in China

This course focuses on one or more central topics in the field of contemporary Chinese society and politics. It is closely related to ongoing research of the teacher(s), and topics, or at least the detailed reading lists and assignments, change every time the course is offered. Topics may include, for instance, civil society, media, ethnic relations, gender, environmental issues, political structures and debates, education, foreign relations, etc. Sometimes the course may have a more explicit theoretical focus such as, for instance, globalization, modernization, governance, citizenship, or individualization in the context of China.

The course is based on the reading, analysis and discussion of sources in Chinese and English. Training in methodology, team work, essay writing and oral presentation is an integrated part of the course.

A detailed description of the topic for Spring 2020 will be published here by the end of Autumn 2019.

Previous years

Course description Autumn 2018

Course description Autumn 2017

Learning outcome

You learn:

  • To read extensively and to analyze sources in Chinese and English that are relevant for the study of contemporary Chinese social and political developments.
  • To use theoretical concepts and work with theory
  • To work individually and in teams
  • To discuss, produce and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.


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

Admission to the MA programme option Chinese Culture and Society.

Participation in the course presupposes competence in oral and written modern Chinese language.

Overlapping courses

The course may overlap with discontinued courses and old study units of all types and levels. You must ensure that the content of the course does not overlap with other study units you have 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.

Compulsory activities

  • Attendance in at least 8 out of 10 classes, and active participation in discussions, team work, and other activities.
  • At least one oral presentation in class, individually or in a team as assigned by the teacher.

Oral presentations are 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.

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.


A 3-day home exam consisting of a paper of 3000 words plus list of reference. Topic is assigned by the teacher.

Previous exams and 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 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

Resit an examination

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

as of Spring 2020


Every spring

as of Spring 2020

Teaching language