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The Premodern history of China

The course gives basic knowledge about the premodern history of China and its cultural development from the Shang Dynasty to the end of imperial China.

Basic historiographic methods and traditions will be studied, as well as the most important sources. The premodern history of China will be investigated both from a Western and a Chinese perspective.


  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module, 7.5 credits.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures.

    Instruction is given in the language specified for each respective course instance.

    Attendance at all teaching sessions is mandatory.

    Course planning and resources

    Course details, planning and literature for Autumn 23 can be found in the learning platform Athena start of the semester.

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The course examined on the basis of a digital home exam by the end of the course.

    When the course is offered in English, the language of examination is English.


    Examiner: Monika Gänssbauer

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about Chinese language and culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk
    Phone: 08-16 36 20