Course Code

CHES2002/ CCSS1004

Course Name

Chinese Culture and Society in Transformation/Chinese Society in Transformation


Monday 11:30am-2:15pm




LING Minhua

Teaching Assistant

LIU Songyu

Course Description

This English-taught course provides a survey of Chinese culture and society. It focuses on basic social institutions and cultural norms in traditional Chinese society and their modern transformations. The readings, drawn mainly from the disciplines of history and anthropology, cover topics of family and kinship, marriage and gender, religion and ritual, ethnicity, community institutions, state power and its political control, and rural and urban political economies. The second half of the course draws particular attention to China’s constant modernizing efforts in the past century, especially during the socialist revolution and post-Mao reforms, as well as their bearings upon contemporary Chinese social practices and cultural patterns.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Course Introduction

Week 2: Family and Kinship

Week 3: Marriage and Gender

Week 4: Rural Communities

Week 5: Religions and Rituals

Week 6: Midterm Exam

Week 7: Imperial State and Governance

Week 8: In Search for Modernity

Week 9: China in Crises

Week 10: Maoist Revolutions

Week 11: Changes and Continuities I: Family and Personal Lives

Week 12: Changes and Continuities II: Ethnicities and Identities

Week 13: Changes and Continuities III: Nation State Building

Week 14: In-class Final Examination

Assessment & Assignments

Class Participation (20%)

In-class Quizzes (20%)

Mid-term Examination (25%)

Final Examination (35%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.