Chinese Culture and Society - Introduction Course

7.5 Credits
First Cycle
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
Chinese (KIA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 03 March 2022.
This syllabus is valid from 03 March 2022.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe central historical events and fundamental Chinese traditional thinking such as Confucianism and Taoism
  • describe Chinese dialects and discuss their relation to standardised language
  • reflect on how the characteristics of Chinese culture are represented in the language system and in language use
  • describe Chinese gender norms from the 20th century to present-day China, and critically discuss the dimension of gender in Chinese society
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of Chinese culture.

Course Content

The course deals with Chinese culture and society. This includes important historical events, traditional thinking, language and culture, and gender issues in contemporary China.


  • Active participation in seminars
  • Written assignments
  • A final online examination

Forms of Study

The forms of study are obligatory seminars. English is the language of instruction.


The Swedish grades U–VG.

For a final course grade of VG, students must achieve a VG in at least 5.5 credits, including the module Chinese Culture and Society; Written Examination.

Reporting of grades:
  • History and Traditional Thinking - 2 cr
  • Dialects, Language and Culture - 2 cr
  • Gender in Contemporary China - 2 cr
  • Chinese Culture and Society; Written Examination - 1.5 cr


  • General entry requirements and English 6. No knowledge of Swedish is required

Other Information

Replaces GKI23D.

For an online course, the student has to be able to communicate with sound and image using a computer or equivalent.