KIN4650 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society II

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Topic for Autumn 2021

This course is a continuation and an elaboration of KIN4550 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society I. At a more advanced level, it introduces you to a new specific research topic within the study of Chinese culture and society and provides you with a set of tools for your own research development. You will, as in KIN4550, 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. Additionally, there will be an explicit emphasis on theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of China, for instance social stratification, democratisation, state-society relationship, ethnography, oral history, cultural analysis, discourse analysis. The course is taught by teachers with different research backgrounds, and the specific topic of the course may change each time the course is offered.

The course should be taken together with EAST4610 – Voices from East Asia: How to Communicate Research Results and KIN4010 – Research Methodologies in China studies.

Learning outcome

  • You will develop, formulate, and refine your own term paper through practice and supervision, and you will learn how to work with various forms of sources relevant for your paper
  • You will learn how to identify and integrate a theoretical and/or methodological framework into your research paper
  • You will further develop your skills in presenting and discussing 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

Admission to the MA programme option Chinese Culture and Society.

The course presupposes competence in modern Chinese language, and basic reading competence in classical Chinese.

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. Each session will be a combination of a lecture and a discussion/presentation seminar.

Compulsory activities

  • 80 % attendance in class and active participation in course discussions 
  • A poster presentation in class presenting the main features of the term paper
  • An outline and drafts of the term paper must be submitted in Canvas

Approved compulsory activities 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.


A term paper on a subject developed by the student and approved by the teacher, 3200 - 3500 words plus list of references. The term paper should be based on both primary sources in Chinese, and secondary source readings in Chinese and/or English.

Grading guidelines:

Autumn 2020

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

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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.

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