Units of Study

CHNS3641 - Chinese Philosophy

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Dr Wendi Adamek


This unit offers students the opportunity to explore China's great philosophical traditions through readings of important texts either in the original or in English translation. While the coverage will be broad, there may be some focus on one or more of the following: pre-Qin philosophical diversity; Daoism and Neo-Daoism; the Song and Ming Neo-Confucian schools; Chinese political philosophy; Chinese contributions to Buddhist philosophy. Students will be expected to read relevant secondary scholarship in the areas selected for study.


classwork (15%), 1x1hr test (25%), 1x20 minute oral presentation (15%), 1x2500wd essay (25%), additional written assignments to a total of 1500wds, at least part of which may be done under test conditions (20%)


Readings available from the University Copy Centre and/or online


1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week


12 credit points of Chinese language; or 12 non-language credit points from Table A of the Table of Units of Study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. (Note: students who hope to attend the Chinese-language tutorials must have successfully completed one of the following: CHNS2612, CHNS2112, CHNS2904, CHNS1314).


CHNS3551, CHNS3451

Assumed Knowledge

No knowledge of the Chinese language or of Chinese philosophy is required.

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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