KIN4550 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Topic and detailed description for Autumn 2020: "China’s eco-environmental challenges and society’s responses"
This course supplements KIN4510 – How to study Chinese Culture and Society at an Advanced Level by introducing you to a specific research topic within the study of Chinese culture and society. During the course, you will engage with cutting-edge research literature and debates in the relevant field, and you will experience how one topic may be approached from different academic angles and with different methodologies. You will work with primary sources, research literature, theory, and methodology relevant for the specific topic of the course. The course is co-taught by at least two teachers with different research backgrounds, and the specific topic of the course may change each time the course is offered.
- You will learn how to identify a research topic, narrow down its focus, and formulate research questions related to a specific research topic within the study of Chinese society and culture
- You will learn how to develop a research paper and how to work with various forms of sources, how to develop a consistent methodological framework, and how to integrate theory
- You will learn to read extensively, and to critically analyse sources in Chinese and English
- You will learn to present and discuss academic knowledge in oral and written form
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to the MA programme option Chinese Culture and Society.
The course presupposes competence in modern Chinese and basic reading competence in classical Chinese.
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.
Teaching is organized as 10 classes of 2 hours each throughout the semester and will be co-taught by at least two teachers.
- Active participation in class and at least 80 per cent attendance
- One oral presentation in class, individually or as part of a team
- One opposition on oral presentation in class
Oral presentations and opposition in class 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.
Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19. A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital, and this will be updated by the beginning of August. There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching which is done digitally, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.
The exam is a 3-day home exam consisting of a paper of 3000 words plus list of reference. Topic is assigned by the teacher. The home exam paper should include the use of sources in both Chinese and English.
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
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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.