KIN4650 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society II

Course content

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. 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, such as, for instance, globalization, modernization, individualization, conceptual history, literary theory, discourse analysis. 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.

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


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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.

Compulsory activities

  • 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 will be published here.

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

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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2020


Autumn 2020

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