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Chinese History in a Global Context II


Admission requirements

Basic introduction to Chinese history (BA 1 Chinese Geschiedenis tot 1911 or equivalent)


This BA3 seminar focuses on the role of China in global history in the eighteenth century. We will read how China was reported on in travelogues, newspapers, and atlases; trace the sources and analyze the translation practices of early modern translators of Chinese texts; and, ask whether and how information about China helped shape cultural trends and politics in Europe. In this seminar students will be developing a historical research project relevant to the topic week by week.

Course objectives

In this course you will
*evaluate the pros and cons of national, nationalist, connective and global historiographies
*learn how and why the image of China changed in early modern and modern Europe
*question, situate and interpret original texts in the context of contemporary historical research
*learn how to develop your own historical research project step by step, either in the shape of longer paper or a BA thesis


Timetable BA3 Chinastudies 1st semester

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • BA thesis

Course Load

  • Classes: 26

  • Weekly reading: 44

  • Assignments: 20

  • Final essay: 50

Assessment method

Assignments: 30%
Participation: 20%
Final essay: draft (10%) and final version (40%)

The final mark will be based on all required work. The mark for the final essay should be a pass (5,5 or higher). If the student fails the final essay (5,49 or lower), this part can be resubmitted once.


Yes, Blackboard

Reading list

Readings will vary. The list of reading materials will be posted on Blackboard.


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Hilde De Weerdt