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Topical Readings in Pre-modern Chinese (ResMA)

Course 2018-2019

Admission requirements

BA3- course “Classical Chinees III” or comparable course.
Admission to the MA Asian Studies (research) or another relevant Research MA. Students from other departments are kindly referred to the course description of the regular MA course.

Description

This course consists of intensive reading of late Ming and early Qing texts in classical Chinese language for MA students who have successfully completed their studies of Classical Chinese at the BA level. We will read documents in a variety of genres, including scenes from chuanqi drama, huaben short stories, poetry, essays, and novels.

Course objectives

  • Become familiar with a cross-section of the variant genres and writing styles that existed in late Imperial China.
  • Expand grammatical knowledge and refine reading skills
  • Refine translation skills
  • Use dictionaries and other relevant sources

Timetable

The timetable is available on the Asianstudies website

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Total 280 hours (10 EC x 28 hours)

  • Seminar 2 ×13 hours: 26 hours (6 extra hours for students of the Research MA)
  • Compulsory readings: 86 hours
  • Class Assignments: 62 hours
  • Term paper: 100 hours

Assessment

Class participation and assignments 40%
Final Essay 60%
Students must complete all requirements (participation, assignments, final essay) to pass the course.
There is no resit opportunity for participation and assignments. The resit for the final essay is only available to students whose final grade is insufficient. The resit will then make up 100% of the grade.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).

Exam Review

Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.

Blackboard

Blackboard is used in the course.
Students must self-enrol on Blackboard, which is used for posting syllabus, class communications, and essay submission.

Note: there is no separate Blackboard page available for this ResMa course. Please subscribe to the Blackboard page of the regular MA course.

Reading list

Reading material will be made available through Blackboard.

For the Research MA students additional readings will be determined by the convener at a later stage taking into account the students’ fields of interest. Extra sessions will be organized to discuss this extra literature.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration à la carte or contractonderwijs

A la carte nor contractonderwijs is possible for this course.

Contact

Dr. P.A. Vierthaler

Remarks

Students with Disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.