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Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Asian Studies (60 EC, 120 EC or research).
Sufficient familiarity with classical Chinese (i.e. having successfully finished the BA3- course “Classical Chinees III” or a comparable course). If you are in doubt about the level of your familiarity with Classical Chinese, contact the convenor of the course, Dr. Fan Lin prior to registration.


This course consists of intensive reading of texts in classical Chinese language for MA students who have successfully completed their studies of Classical Chinese at BA level. Topics will be discussed with students at the first class meeting.

Course objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Get to understand vocabulary in Chinese art historical texts

  • Expand their grammatical knowledge and refine reading skills

  • Refine their translation skills

  • Exercise the use of dictionaries and other relevant sources


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance is compulsory for all sessions. Students must prepare well and contribute to in-class discussion. If a student cannot attend because of illness or misadventure, they should promptly inform the convener. Extra assignments may be set to make up for missed class time, at the convener’s discretion. Absence without notification may result in lower grades or exclusion from assessment components and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Class participation and and assignments 40%
Final Essay 60%

In order to pass the course, students need to complete all requirements (participation, assignments, final essay) and receive a pass mark (“voldoende”, i.e. “5.50” or higher) for the course as a whole.

The research paper is written in two stages: a first version, on which the convener will offer feedback, and a final version. Feedback on the first version is conditional on this being handed in before the deadline. The grade will be determined on the basis of the final version only. (The paper deadline mentioned in uSis is for administrative purposes only. The actual date will be communicated by the convener.)

All categories of assessment must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Only if the total weighted average is 5.49 or lower and this is the result of the final paper graded 5.49 or lower, a re-sit of the paper is possible (60%). In that case the convener of the course may decide to assign a (new) topic. The deadline for this version will be determined by the course convener, after consultation with the student.

A re-sit for other course components is not possible.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof