Course Code


Course Name

中國專題討論 I






Prof. Xiaoxuan Wang
Prof. Kristof Van den Troost
Prof. Yunwen Gao
Prof. Tim Summers

Teaching Assistant


Course Description

This is an intensive reading and writing seminar for guiding research postgraduate students in critiquing and evaluating scholarship and key issues and problems of this scholarship in areas of Chinese studies. It contributes to methodological and theoretical training as students develop their own research focus and knowledge of related fields and subfields. The course involves seminar discussion and reports on assigned readings, the writing of several essays of scholarly criticism, the preparation of a substantial annotated bibliography, the completion of a major essay setting out a research direction and including a specific research plan for the research paper to be completed in CHES6020 China Seminar II.   

Course Outline

Weeks 1-2: Xiaoxuan Wang

  • Chinese Revolution I: The Big Picture
  • Chinese Revolution II: History from the “Margin”

Weeks 3-4: Kristof Van den Troost

  • Cinema I: National and Transnational Chinese Cinemas
  • Cinema II: The Cinemas of Hong Kong and Taiwan

Week 5: Reading week

Weeks 6-7: Tim Summers

  • Political economy I: Theorising contemporary China
  • Political economy II: China in global context

Weeks 8-9: Yunwen Gao

  • Chinese Literature I: Modernity and Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Literature II: Sinophone Studies and Global Chinese Literature

Weeks 10-12: Individual meetings with supervisor to work on final paper

Week 13: Final group session for brief presentation and discussion of final papers

Assessment & Assignments

First essay   15%

Second essay   15%

Third essay   15%

Fourth essay   15%

Annotated bibliography   10%

Final paper   20%

Participation/attendance   10%

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 VeriGuide declaration that they are aware of the policies, regulations and procedures.