HKIB0110FU Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society 2/B

Volume 2023/2024

Bacheloruddannelsen i asienstudier (kinastudier) 2019

Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019

Bachelordelen af sidefaget i kinastudier 2019

Bachelor courses in China Studies 2022


A review of the most important political, social and cultural developments in modern China based on China’s unique combinations of geographical, ethnic and linguistic factors. Classes will be conducted as lectures (Thursdays) and student presentations and discussions of various topics and source material (Fridays).

The course will focus on the following topics thematically and diachronically: Revolution, politics, society, agriculture, nation making, education, philosophy, religion, literature and other cultural manifestations. Emphasis is on historical trends that lead to the formation of contemporary China.

An additional focus is the changing views of China as well as China’s changing views of its own position in the world.

Learning Outcome

BA 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode HKIB00931E)

BA Elective - CBS 2022 Curriculum:
Introduction to China’s History, Culture, and Society B (activiti code HKIB02051E)

BA Tilvalg 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode HKIB10161E)

BA Sidefag 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Kinas historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode: HKIB10161E)

Exchange students BA level:
Activity code (HKIB10161E)

Spence, Jonathan D. 2013. The Search for Modern China: Third Edition. New York: W. W. Norton.

Tanner, Harold M.. China: A History. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2009.

Lectures and student presentations, 2 + 1 hours weekly
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 164,25
  • Total
  • 206,25
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment


The written take-home assignment is based on Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of

The historical, political, economic, social and cultural development of China.

The conditions for producing knowledge about China’s development.

Skills in

Communicating knowledge about China’s history.

Communicating in writing at a scholarly level with references to scientific texts and correct use of references and bibliographies.

Analysing tacit assumptions and stereotypes that colour opinions in many accounts China, and which are described in theories about orientalism, sinologism, etc.

Competencies in

Finding and critically evaluating information on aspects of China’s history and culture

Communicating knowledge of China’s history and culture in accordance with academic standards.


625 standard pages of scientific literature of which a minimum of 300 pages is set by the examiner.

For the make-up exam/resit, however, the assignment is based on 625 standard pages of scientific literature set by the examiner.

Teaching and working methods

Compulsory class instruction with lectures, active student participation and group presentations.


Exam provisions

The Study Board at The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

has approved the following semester dispensation for F24 regarding the

course/study programme component "Introduction to China’s History,

Culture, and Society B" within the Programme curriculum: Bachelor’s

elective study in China studies for CBS-students, 2022 (Activity code:



Under this dispensation, the syllabus, the exam provisions, and the special provisions are amended to:

Exam form: Continuous Assessment exam.

The exam consists of two compulsory written home assignments:

•  A bibliography with a problem statement within the framework of the syllabus and as defined as the examiner. Two weeks are given for submission. The problem statement should not exceed 0.5 standard pages.

•  A set written home assignment of 7-9 standard pages. Three weeks are given for completion.

Assessment: Internal exam with one examiner, the 7-point grading

Regulations for group exams: This exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam: Written exam (set subject). 6 hours. Permitted exam aids: None.

Regarding the Continuous Assessment Exam: The bibliography is not included in the calculation of the standard page count, as pr. the Shared curriculum for study programmes at the Faculty of Humanities., Section 7.


Make-up exam: The written exam (set subject) comprises of 2-4 questions covering the entire syllabus.