Fall 2022 - HIST 870 G100

Themes in Asian History (5)

Class Number: 7922

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 6229, Burnaby



This graduate seminar aims to provide MA and PhD students with the skills and tools necessary to write original articles and papers based on primary sources in modern Chinese history and adjacent fields.  We begin by reading and assessing secondary scholarship, then focus on finding and reading primary sources in Chinese, and conclude with writing workshops in which students present and give feedback on preliminary drafts of their original work.


  • Book reveiw 14%
  • Brief "Research That Matters" exercises 24%
  • Submission of drafts during writing workshops and written and oral comments on your classmates’ work during workshops 24%
  • Original research paper 38%



Mullaney, Thomas S., and Christopher Rea. Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project That Matters to You (and the World). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2022.

Other readings will be available from the SFU and UBC libraries, and from online booksellers.


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Registrar Notes:


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