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OTMEVAL0013 Chinese Culture and History, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code OTMEVAL0013  Validity 01.01.1950 - 31.07.2018
Name Chinese Culture and History  Abbreviation Chinese Culture 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0300 Science of Law 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Law 

Matti Nojonen 


This course focuses on the essential elements of historical and cultural (idea historical) trends in pre-Imperial, Imperial and early 20th century China. After the completion of the course students are

- Knowledgeable of the birth of Chinese civilization and understand the role of grounding philosophies and the formation of the centralized Imperial state system in China.
- understand the evolution and continuum of Confucian state structure and philosophy and the collapse of Imperial China and political reaction caused by foreign powers in China
- aware of the forces that are still shaping Chinese state identity; tug-of-war between modernity and tradition


This course is designed to introduce a critical and pluralist view on history and culture (idea history) of China. Students will gain an understanding of various forces of continuity and discontinuity of ideas, values and institutions in China, role of history and concepts in Chinese political philosophy, and the eventual radicalization of late Imperial and early Republican Chinese society. The course will provide a good understanding of Chinese history and culture that will provide tools for students to comprehend and contextualize contemporary Chinese culture, social and political behaviour.

Previous studies 

No previous studies required.


Lectures 30 h and independent work


It is required to attend and pass all parts of the course to receive a final course grade.

More literature information and extra material 

Harold Tanner: China: A history (chapters 1-14)
Jyrki Kallio: Tradition in Chinese Politics. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2011. (Available online at: Pages 18-29, 77-90, 105-114.


Grades 1-5/fail
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Professor Matti Nojonen, University of Lapland (5 h)


Professor Matti Nojonen, University of Lapland


Senior Research Fellow Jyrki Kallio (Finnish Institute of International Affairs / University of Lapland), (25 h)
Professor Matti Nojonen, University of Lapland (5 h)


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