ASIA 508

Topics in Pre-modern Chinese History and Institutions

Painting: Shen Zhou (1427–1509), Poet on a mountain top
Shen Zhou (1427–1509), "Poet on a mountain top"

2019 Winter
Monday 1500–1730
Buchanan Tower 1206/1207

Prof. Leo K. Shin
Buchanan Tower 1223
tel. 604.822.5167

Office hours:
Monday, 1–2:50 pm; and by appointment
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About the Course

The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to some of the major problems in Chinese historiography. Emphasis will be placed on issues that are particularly pertinent to the study of later imperial China.


Attendance/Participation 20%
Short Papers 30%
Review Essay 50%

Students are expected to have completed the assigned readings before the weekly meetings. In general, this course follows the grading practices external link icon outlined in the Academic Calendar:

Grade Percent
A+ 90–100
A 85–89
A- 80–84
B+ 76–79
B 72–75
B- 68–71
C+ 64–67
C 60–63
C- 55–59
D 50–54
F 0–49

Important Dates

Sep. 9 First session
Sep. 17 Last day to withdraw without the "W" standing
Oct. 11 Last day to withdraw
Oct. 14 No Class (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 11 No Class (Remembrance Day)
Nov. 25 Last session
Dec. 16 Review essay due


  • All required readings are available either online or from the instructor.