Chinese Studies

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Chinese Studies

The rules below are for the introductory language acquisition pathway. Please see the Subject Area page on the left for information on how to achieve the major at a higher level.

Major

A major in Chinese Studies requires 48 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units*
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level culture units
(iv) 12 credit points of 3000-level language units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in in Chinese Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000 level language units*
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000 level language units
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000 level culture units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000 level language units
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement.
* HSC Chinese (Background Speakers), or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese should do 12 credits of 1000-level culture units.
*HSC Chinese (Background Speakers), or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese should do 12 credit points of 3000-level language units.

1000 level units of study

Language

CHNS1101
Chinese 1A (For Beginners)
6    C Recommended Co-requisites: CHNS1601
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers or CHNS1201 or CHNS1301 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1321
Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Summer Main
CHNS1102
Chinese 1B (For Beginners)
6    A One semester of Chinese at introductory level
P CHNS1101
N CHNS1302
Intensive February
Semester 2

Culture

CHNS1600
The Chinese Language, Present and Past
6    P CHNS1101 or CHNS1201
C CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers or CHNS2111 or CHNS2112 or CHNS2903 or CHNS2904 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1314
Semester 2
CHNS1601
Understanding Contemporary China
6    N ASNS1101
Semester 2
ASNS1101
Introduction to Chinese Civilisation
6   

No prior knowledge is assumed. All teaching and all assigned readings are in English.
Semester 1

2000 level units of study

Language

CHNS2601
Chinese 2A (Lower Intermediate)
6    A One year (approx. 5 hours per week for 26 weeks) of Chinese at introductory level
P CHNS1102
N CHNS2101
Intensive July
Semester 1
CHNS2602
Chinese 2B (Lower Intermediate)
6    A Sound intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Chinese, including full mastery of about 1000 characters (preferably full-form).
P CHNS2601 or CHNS2101
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers
Intensive December
Semester 2
CHNS2001
Chinese 2C (Advanced Beginners)
6    P Native- or near-native fluency in a spoken Chinese language (e.g., Putonghua, Cantonese) combined with no, or very limited, knowledge of characters.
N CHNS1101 or CHNS1301 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1321; HSC Chinese Background Speakers.
Semester 1
CHNS2002
Chinese 2D ( Advanced Beginners)
6    P CHNS2001 or CHNS1201
N CHNS1101 or CHNS1301 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1321; HSC Chinese Background Speakers.
Semester 2
CHNS2611
Classical Chinese A
6    P CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3604 or CHNS2102 or CHNS3104 or CHNS2204
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers
Semester 1
CHNS2612
Classical Chinese B
6    P CHNS2611 or CHNS2111 or HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, or CHNS1313 or CHNS2903
N CHNS2112 or CHNS2904 or CHNS1314
Semester 2

Culture

CHNS2011
Religion and Martial-Arts Fiction
6    P 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies
Semester 2
CHNS2613
Communication and Social Change in China
6    P 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies
Semester 1
CHNS2614
Understanding News About China
6    P 12 Junior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies
Semester 2
CHNS2641
Reading Chinese Philosophy
6    P CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies
N CHNS3641
Semester 2
ASNS2613
Chinese Thought
6    P 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A
N CHNS3641
Semester 2
ASNS2618
Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present
6    A Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester.
P 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A
N ASNS2118
Semester 1
ICLS2633
Cities of the World
6    P 18 Junior credit points from Table A of which 12 credit points are from one subject area or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLS or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies
Semester 1

In country

CHNS2650
Chinese In-Country Study A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Prerequisites: At least a year of Modern Standard Chinese at tertiary level (or equivalent). The department recommends that students complete at least two semesters of Chinese prior to undertaking a full semester of in-country study. Native speakers of Chinese who can read Chinese fluently and seek special permission to undertake in-country study after first year must present a coherent academic rationale to the department.
Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2651
Chinese In-Country Study B
6    C CHNS2650

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2652
Chinese In-Country Study C
6    C CHNS2651

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2653
Chinese In-Country Study D
6    C CHNS2652

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2654
Chinese In-Country Study E
6    C CHNS2653

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2655
Chinese In-Country Study F
6    C CHNS2654

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2656
Chinese In-Country Study G
6    C CHNS2655

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2657
Chinese In-Country Study H
6    C CHNS2656

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2

3000 level units of study

Language

CHNS3000
Chinese for Native Speakers 1
6    P HSC Chinese (Background Speakers), or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese.
N CHNS1101 or CHNS1102 or CHNS2601 or CHNS2602
Intensive July
Semester 1
Summer Main
CHNS3001
Chinese for Native Speakers 2
6    P CHNS3000 or CHNS1303
N CHNS1101 or CHNS1102 or CHNS2601 or CHNS2602
Semester 2
CHNS3601
Chinese 3A (Upper Intermediate)
6    A Two years of university-level Chinese-language instruction for students without prior knowledge of Chinese
P CHNS2602 or CHNS1202
N CHNS3103 or HSC Chinese Background Speakers
Intensive January
Semester 1
CHNS3602
Chinese 3B (Upper Intermediate)
6    A Two and a half years of university-level Chinese-language instruction for students without prior knowledge of Chinese
P CHNS3601 or CHNS3103
N CHNS3104 or HSC Chinese Background Speakers
Intensive February
Semester 2
CHNS3603
Chinese 4A (Advanced)
6    P CHNS1202 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3104
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers or CHNS2203
Semester 1
CHNS3604
Chinese 4B (Advanced)
6    P CHNS3603 or CHNS2203
N HSC Chinese Background Speakers or CHNS2204
Semester 2
CHNS3605
Chinese 5A (Upper Advanced)
6    P CHNS3604 or Distinction in CHNS3602
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers


Note: students who have earned a Distinction in CHNS3602 will be permitted to take this subject either with or instead of Chinese 4A
Semester 1
CHNS3606
Chinese Studies 5B (Higher Advanced)
6    P CHNS3605 or Distinction in CHNS3603


Note: students who have earned a Distinction in CHNS3603 Chinese 4A (Advanced) will be permitted to take this subject either with or instead of CHNS3604 Chinese 4B (Advanced)
Semester 2

Culture

CHNS3111
Global Chinese Literatures
6    P 12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or Asian Studies
Semester 2
CHNS3607
Chinese Buddhist Texts

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS2904
Semester 1
CHNS3610
Chinese Translation
6    P (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or CHNS3604 or CHNS3612
Semester 1
CHNS3611
Chinese for Specific Purposes 1
6    P CHNS3602 or CHNS3604
N CHNS3605 or CHNS3606
Semester 1
CHNS3612
Chinese for Specific Purposes 2
6    P CHNS3611
N CHNS3605 or CHNS3606
Semester 2
CHNS3621
Case Studies in Chinese Translation
6    P CHNS1304 or CHNS3605 or CHNS3610
Semester 2
CHNS3633
Stories for a Modern China
6    P 12 Senior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies or 6 Senior credit points in ICLS
Semester 1
CHNS3634
Gender in Chinese Literature

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P (12 Senior credit points from Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points from Asian Studies)
Semester 2
CHNS3639
Chinese Cinema
6    P 12 Senior credit points each in either Chinese Studies or Asian Studies
Semester 2
CHNS3640
Readings in Traditional Chinese History

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)
N CHNS3561
Semester 2
CHNS3645
Classical Chinese Prose

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)
N CHNS3547 or CHNS3447
Semester 1
CHNS3646
Classical Chinese Fiction
6    P (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)
N CHNS3543 or CHNS3443
Semester 2
CHNS3647
Classical Chinese Poetry
6    P (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)
N CHNS3441 or CHNS3541
Semester 1
CHNS3650
Chinese Translation and Interpreting
6    P CHNS3602
Semester 1
CHNS3651
Chinese Drama and Theatre
6    P 12 credit points from one of (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies or Theatre and Performance Studies. Students with a prior grounding in classical Chinese may have prerequisites waived.
Semester 1
CHNS3680
Multilingualism in the Sinosphere
6    P 6 senior credit points in any of Chinese Studies; Asian Studies; Linguistics or Education
Semester 2
ASNS3618
Popular China

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 senior credit points of Anthropology)
Semester 1
ASNS3619
China and Globalisation

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P 12 Junior credit points from (Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History or International and Global Studies)
Semester 2

Interdisciplinary project unit

FASS3999
Interdisciplinary Impact
6    P 18 credit points at 2000 level

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Honours

Honours in Chinese Studies requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours Seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours Thesis units

Honours seminar units

ASNS4113
Theory and Methods in Asian Studies
6      Semester 1
ASNS4114
Engaging Asia
6      Semester 2

Honours thesis units

CHNS4111
Chinese Studies Honours Thesis 1
18      Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS4112
Chinese Studies Honours Thesis 2
18      Semester 1
Semester 2

Advanced Coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Chinese Studies are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. 24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2019.
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2019.