M.A. Modern China Studies - Contents


The MA program in Modern China Studies has a strong emphasis on academic research. It includes courses in theory and methods, topic-oriented courses, language classes, a module that prepares for teaching, research or jobs outside academia, colloquia and one semester abroad.

Structure of the program

1st and 2nd semester are spent in Freiburg
3rd semester study abroad
4th semester spent in Freiburg: master thesis

Precise information about the structure of the program can be found here and in the German module manual. The official regulations (Prüfungsordnung, Zulassungsordnung) in German language can be found here.

The program includes the following modules:

Module 1 - Theories and Methods
Module 2 - Chinese Politics and Economy
Module 3 - Chinese Culture and Society
Module 4 - Language Training
Module 5 - Research and Teaching Training and Practice
Module 6 - Current Research Topics
Module 7 - Semester Abroad

Modules 2 and 3 include topic-oriented courses the contents of which will be determined according to students' interests. Past courses include:

- Political theories in contemporary China
- Protest and resistance in the PRC
- The history of capitalism in China
- Chinese foreign policy
- Bestsellers in contemporary China
- Law and despotism in the PRC
- Artists, gamers and militarists - Subcultures in China
- Commerce, culture or communism? Consumer culture in China
- News, media, and propanda in China
- Chinese Futures

Details about current courses can be found here and in the course catalogue of the University of Freiburg.


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

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