Introduction to Chinese History

All semesters

Introduction to Chinese History (5 ECTS)

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Time:  June 1 – August 31, 2021. This course does not have a fixed schedule, students watch the lecture videos and read the materials in their own pace and take the exam on one of the given dates during June 1 – August 31.

Organizer: University of Turku / Finnish University Network for Asian Studies

Goals: Students will learn the general course of Chinese history from the beginning of the Chinese civilization to the present, its major phases, events, personages and developments. As transferable skills students will learn how to assimilate and understand large amounts of new information through following lectures and reading research literature, as well as academic English listening and writing skills.

Contents: The course introduces students to Chinese history from the Stone Age to the present. The focus is on the political development and change of the Chinese state, classical Chinese political philosophy and statecraft, dynastic political system, the dynamics of the interaction between ‘barbarians’ and the Chinese civilization as well as Western influnce in China. Also the modern and contemporary histories of China are introduced and the historical roots of the modern Chinese society discussed during the course.

Taken as: Online course with lectures and literature; exam (arranged once a month).

This course does not have a fixed schedule. When you have watched the lectures and read the obligatory materials you can take the exam. A home exam is arranged once a month.

Students of University of Turku are strongly recommended to take this course as face-to-face classroom teaching in spring 2021. See UTU Peppi for more information (Course code: MEAS1106).

Application periods: 

  • Application period for autumn term 2020: August 24–September 13, 2020.
  • Application period for spring term 2021: November 2–22, 2020.
  • Application period for summer term 2021: March 29–April 25, 2021.
    Please check that your university is a member of the Asia Network in 2021. There might be changes in the membership at the turn of the year.

Go to application instructions. This course does not have enrollment limits. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network.  Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

Other interested persons can register for this course through the Open University at the University of Turku. (not available via the Open University during summer terms).

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application processes.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
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