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Chinese History in a Global Context I


Admission requirements

There are no entry requirements.


This BA2 seminar focuses on the built environment and everyday life in Chinese treaty port cities, which, beginning in the mid-19th century, opened to foreign trade and residence. Sometimes depicted as the cosmopolitan locale, these cities provided sites for transnational encounters. Through the lens of modern architecture and urbanism, we will examine the prevailing social, political, economic, and technological conditions that led to changes in ideas about dwelling, leisure, commerce, transportation, health, production, and consumption. In this seminar, students will conduct a case study on a selected architectural/urban/infrastructural/landscape project to reflect on how the transfer of knowledge, cross-cultural interactions, dynamics of conflicts, and negotiation of identities shaped its planning, design, construction, use, and reception.

Course objectives

In this course, you will

  • become familiar with the terminology and technical drawings to describe the built environment

  • learn to identify the principal agents participating in these projects and determine their relationships and influence from/upon international practices

  • engage in the critical and analytical reading of first-hand sources (newspaper articles, journals, magazines, photographs, posters, advertisements, plans, maps, official documents) and carry out a historical research project

  • be able to relate knowledge acquired in class to an understanding of modern architecture and urbanism in a larger temporal and geographical context


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation and class assignments: 50%

  • Research essay: draft (10%) and final version (40%)


See above.


If the student fails the final essay (5,49 or lower), this part can be resubmitted once.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. 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

See Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.


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

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