ANT 5250 Time: Wednesday 6.30pm-9.15pm
Fall 2009 Venue: NAH 401
Seminars in the Anthropology of China I
Teacher: Prof. Tan Chee-Beng <email@example.com>
This course aims to introduce postgraduate students to the anthropological study of
China and Chinese culture. The topics that will be discussed include:
1. Community Studies and History of Anthropology in China
2. The Han, Minorities and the Chinese nation
3. Ethnicity and Identity
4. Lineage, Local Communities and Regions
5. Worldview and Social Relations
6. Religious Life
7. State Socialism: Memory, Resistance and Political Development
8. Post-Mao Socio-economic Change
9. Cities and Urbanization
10. Review: Anthropological study of China
All required and some recommended readings that are in books are on reserve.
Articles are available in the journals concerned or online. After using a journal, please
return it to the shelf so other classmates can find it.
After following this course, students will have a good knowledge of the study of China
by anthropologists, and will be able to pursue their own readings in this field. They
will be familiar with the major works and the major topics studied as well as the
anthropologists who have done research in China.
Course Requirements (MA and M.Phil. Students):
1. Class participation: 10%
2. Mid-term test: 30% (Oct. 28)
3. 3 short review papers (2-3 pages each, to be submitted at least one day before
the class on the topic concerned): 30%
4. A paper about a minzu or an approved theme (about 10 pages) (30%) (Due Dec.
The University requires all papers to be checked by CUPIDE (the Chinese University
Plagiarism Identification Engine System). Please submit your hard copy with the
Seminars in the Anthropology of China I (Fall 2009)
Topics and Reading Assignmen