Culture, History and Society in China

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This course offers basic knowledge of Chinese civilization history, with particular emphasis on culture, history and society.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course:


- to have a general picture of Chinese civilization development through milestone events happened throughout dynastic history.

- to have a multidimensional understanding about Chinese society through modern history, geography, education development, religion, people (ethnic groups) and politics (parties, governance and administration structure).


- to be able to talk about and present Chinese culture, history and society related issues.

General Competence

- to provide an insight for the learners to understand modern China and Chinese people from the perspectives of history and traditional culture.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
There will be a 10 point reduce in credits if KIN100 is combined with ASIA100.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
The instruction will be given in the form of lectures and seminars, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

This course has one final written exam. In order to be eligible to take the exam, the student will hold a short presentation on a topic related to China. The presentation is a group project. Students must attend at least 75 % of the classes.

Approval on mandatory assignments is valid only for the semester in which the course is conducted, as well as for the following semester.

Forms of Assessment
A three hour written exam.
Grading Scale
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.
Assessment Semester
The exam is offered in both semesters for those who have approved compulsory assignments.
Reading List
A compendium of 500 pages will be provided for student's reference. The reading list will be ready within 01.07 for the autumn semester and 01.12 for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Course Administrator