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KOS4010 – Current Themes in Asia and Middle East Studies

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course code is used to offer teaching on topics relevant for Asia or Middle East Studies or Asia or Middle East related history of religion. It is tied to guest professors, conferences, research groups or similar events that bring us resources in terms of new people for a short period or enable us to include students in current research projects. It will be offered as and when such events take place.

The course offered for Spring 2013: Chinese Economy and Society

Autumn 2011: Modern Turkish Literature in its Social Framework

Autumn 2009: Digital Resourses and Text Markup in Humanistic Studies

Learning outcome

The course will offer teaching at a level closely related to research projects while also introducing the student properly to the topic. Hence it will offer teaching both on the specific topic at hand and in the broader field within which the topic is situated. The specific content of the course will vary from semester to semester and will be published under “Detailed course information”.


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.

Spring 2013: Students that are admitted to the master's programme option Chinese Society and Politics will have priority.

Admission to master programmes or master programme subject areas in East Asian Linguistics, Asian and African Studies or History of Religion.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires good knowledge of English


The course consists of approximately 10 seminars and lectures. The students are to write a term essay (8-10 pages) on a topic chosen in cooperation with the teacher and closely connected to the content of the course. A draft of the essay must be presented to the teacher for preliminary evaluation and collective discussion in class. The course requires active participation.

Spring 2013: Due to unforseens obstacles, the teaching will be a bit different to what was planned (week 14-16 (4 April-18 April)). Please keep up to date on the detailed teaching plan on the semester site for more information.

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.


Students are to submit a term essay (8-10 normal pages) on a topic chosen in cooperation with the teacher and closely connected to the content of the course. The topic is chosen at the beginning of the term, and a draft of the essay must be presented to the teacher midterm for preliminary evaluation. Submission of the draft is a prerequisite for being allowed to take the exam.

Active participation in the discussions on each other’s draft is mandatory.

The assessment is an integrated part of the course and it is subsequently not possible to sit for the exam unless is registered for the teaching component of the course.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring 2013

Autumn 2009


Spring 2013

Autumn 2009

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