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Content Course China: Anthropology


Admission requirements

Admission to the Research Master Area Studies. Please, contact the student advisor, Nicole A.N.M. van Os or Prof. Dr. Frank N. Pieke, if you are interested in taking this course, but NOT a student of the Research Master Area Studies.


China’s cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual and social diversity is changing fundamentally under the impact of marketization, mobility and globalization, and government policy struggles to keep up. In this course we investigate both the ongoing evolution of older forms of diversity (official minorities, linguistic, regional and dialect groups, religions) and newly emerging diversities. Immigration, internal migration, emigration, trade, tourism and more generally the exposure of Chinese society to different foreign and domestic cultures have generated an array of new communities and life styles. China is rapidly becoming a major cosmopolitan hub and producer of global, diasporic and transnational cultures.

Course objectives

-Conceptual and independent thinking
-Independent research and and writing
-Oral presentation



Mode of instruction

One two-hour lecture a week (week 1-9)
One two-hour paper presentation seminar class a week (week 11 and 12)

Assessment method

-one longer paper (maximum 6,000 words) (60%)
-seminar participation (30%)
-oral presentations (10%)


Readings and other course materials will be made available on Blackboard.

Reading list

For each seminar 3-4 English or Chinese-language articles (total about 100 pages) will have to be read by all participants. In addition, the participants take turns preparing a short seminar presentation on one of the 2-3 books that will also be set each week. Readings will as much as possible be made available on Blackboard.


Registration is compulsory.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Prof. Dr. Frank N. Pieke