Culture and Tradition in Modern China POLITIC5082

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to the place of culture and tradition in modern Chinese society. It will examine how the legacies of China's long history are understood and their impact upon China today. Through the investigation and interrogation of Chinese tradition in modern China and its ties to more remote history, the course seeks to consider recent cultural developments in their social and political context. The content for consideration will include contemporary understandings of traditional thought and religion, historiography, folk arts and festivals, cultural sites, museums, and aspects of modern Chinese media.


10 weekly two hour seminars

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will deliver a 20 minutes class presentation (worth 10%), a literature review (30%) and essay (60%).

Course Aims

The course aims to:

* provide an overview of key themes in Chinese culture today;

* explore different understandings and representations of Chinese tradition and how they relate to contemporary and historical China more broadly;

* develop a range of perspectives on the Chinese world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

* describe features of contemporary Chinese culture and understand their relationship with the Chinese past;

* navigate and interrogate cultural references in China today;

* discuss critically various representations and understandings of Chinese tradition.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.