KIN4540 – Topics in Chinese Society and Politics 2

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Topic for Spring 2019: Discourses on Race, Identity and Nationalism in Modern China

This course focuses on one or more central topics in the field of Chinese society and politics. Such topics may include civil society, media, ethnic relations, gender, family, education, foreign relations etc., but may also have a more theoretical focus such as, for instance, globalization, modernization, governmentality, or individualization in the context of China.

The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts, and the course never overlaps with KIN4520 – Recent Developments in Chinese Society

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.

Learning outcome

  • You will learn to read extensively, and to critically analyse sources in Chinese and English relevant for the study of contemporary Chinese society and politics.
  • You will learn to work individually and in a team, in order to discuss, produce and present academic knowledge in oral and written form. 


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 option Chinese Society and Politics or East Asian Culture and History.

NB! The teaching presupposes competence in modern Chinese language, basic reading competence in classical Chinese and knowledge of Chinese society and politics.

Please contact the student advisor for more information.

Recommended previous knowledge


The teaching is organised as 10 classes of 2 hours each throughout the semester.

Compulsory activities

  • Active participation in discussions in class and at least 80 per cent attendance.
  • A qualifying assignment in the form of at least one oral presentation in class.

Other assignments may be given in class.

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 during which you write a paper on a topic given by the teacher. The exam paper should be 2800 - 4000 words plus list of references.

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.

Periodic evaluation spring 2016

Facts about this course






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