Units of Study

CHNS3641 - Readings in Early Chinese Thought

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Xiaohuan Zhao
Phone: +61 2 9351 3555
Email: xiaohuan.zhao@sydney.edu.au


This unit offers students the opportunity to explore China's great philosophical traditions through readings of important pre-Qin texts in the original. While the coverage will be broad, the focus will be on Confucianism, Daoism, and Mohism. Students will be also expected to read Chinese classics in English translation and relevant secondary scholarship in the areas selected for study.


tutorial participation (10%), 10min oral presentation and handout introducing one topic from the readings (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1hr in-class test (25%), 6xshort written translation exercises (1200wds) (25%), 1x2000wd final essay (25%)


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


12 junior credit points of CHNS for native speakers or (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) for background speakers or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612) for non-background English native speakers


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.

Please Note: This timetable is a draft timetable and subject to change.


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