This course discusses some of the key issues and questions driving the study of China, putting these in a general disciplinary or comparative context. The course is not simply an introduction to China, but revolves around key concepts, theories and ideas that the students are expected to make their own. The emphasis will be on the current state of the field and on modern China, but many of the issues that we will be discussing have their roots in traditional China and ample attention will be given to the continuities of China as a society and culture.
Designing research strategy and research proposal
Conceptual and independent thinking
Understanding key issues in Modern China Studies
First semester. Timetable
Mode of instruction
- One two-hour seminar a week
Four short essays (maximum 2,000 words) (10 % each, or 40% total)
One research proposal (maximum 5,000 words) (40%)
Oral presentations (10% for the essays and 10% for the paper, or 20% in total)
Readings and other course materials will be made available on Blackboard.
For each lecture 2-4 English-language articles (about 100 pages) will have to be read. For each essay paper topic an additional 500 pages will have to be read. All set readings for the lectures and papers will be made available on Blackboard.
Enrollment through uSis is mandatory.