Chinese Studies

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

Chinese Studies

A major in Chinese Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points from this table including at least 24 senior credit points from language units of study of which 6 must be at 3000 level.

Junior units of study

Language
CHNS1101
Chinese 1A (For Beginners)
6    C Students are strongly advised to take CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers; eligibility for CHNS1201 or higher
Semester 1
Summer Main
Winter Main
CHNS1102
Chinese 1B (For Beginners)
6    A One semester of Chinese at introductory level
P CHNS1101
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for CHNS1201 or higher
Semester 2
CHNS1201
Chinese 1C (For Advanced Beginners)
6    A Native- or near-native fluency in a spoken Chinese language (e.g., Putonghua, Cantonese) combined with no, or very limited, knowledge of characters
C Students are strongly advised to take CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for higher-level classes
Semester 1
CHNS1202
Chinese 1D (For Advanced Beginners)
6    A Native- or near-native fluency in a spoken Chinese language (e.g., putonghua, Cantonese) combined with full mastery (reading and writing) of about 400 to 500 characters and at least basic communicative skills in Putonghua
P CHNS1201
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for higher-level classes
Semester 2
CHNS1303
Chinese for Background Speakers 1
6    P Must have passed HSC Chinese (Background Speakers) or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese
N CHNS1101, CHNS1102, CHNS2601, CHNS2602
Semester 1
Summer Main
Winter Main
CHNS1304
Chinese for Background Speakers 2
6    P CHNS1303
N CHNS1101, CHNS1102, CHNS2601, CHNS2602
Semester 2
Culture
CHNS1600
The Chinese Language, Present and Past
6    P CHNS1101 or CHNS1201
C CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers; CHNS2111, CHNS2112, CHNS2903, CHNS2904, CHNS1313, CHNS1314
Semester 2
CHNS1601
Understanding Contemporary China
6    N ASNS1101
Semester 1

Senior 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 HSC Chinese for Background Speakers or equivalent, CHNS2101
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 for Background Speakers or equivalent, CHNS2102
Semester 2
CHNS2611
Classical Chinese A
6    A Minimum of one year of Chinese at introductory level.
P CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3604 or CHNS2102 or CHNS3104 or CHNS2204
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers (or equivalent), CHNS2111, CHNS2903, CHNS1313
Semester 1
CHNS2612
Classical Chinese B
6    P CHNS2611 or CHNS2111 or HSC Chinese for Background Speakers or CHNS1313 or CHNS2903
N CHNS2112, CHNS2904, CHNS1314
Semester 2
CHNS2613
Communication and Social Change in China
6    A No Chinese-language skill is required
P (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies)
Semester 1
CHNS2614
Understanding News About China
6    A No Chinese-language skill is required
P (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies)
C CHNS1601
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 HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS3103
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 HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS3104
Semester 2
CHNS3603
Chinese 4A (Advanced)
6    P CHNS1202 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3104
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS2203, CHNS2204
Semester 1
CHNS3604
Chinese 4B (Advanced)
6    P CHNS3603 or CHNS2203
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS2204
Semester 2
CHNS3605
Advanced Chinese Studies A
6    P CHNS3604 or Distinction in CHNS3602. (Note: students who have earned a Distinction in CHNS3602 will be permitted to take this subject either with or instead of Chinese 4A).
N HSC Chinese for Background Speakers
Semester 1
CHNS3607
Chinese Buddhist Texts
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, CHNS3606
Semester 1
CHNS3612
Chinese for Specific Purposes 2
6    P CHNS3611
N CHNS3605, CHNS3606
Semester 2
Culture
CHNS3621
Case Studies in Chinese Translation
6    P CHNS1304 or CHNS3605 or CHNS3610
Semester 2
CHNS3633
Lu Xun and China's Modern Literature
6    A No knowledge of the Chinese language or literature is required
P (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS)
Semester 2
CHNS3639
Chinese Cinema
6    A No knowledge of the Chinese language or cinema is required.
P 12 credit points from Table A of the Table of Units of Study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Semester 2
CHNS3640
Chinese History Through Chinese Eyes
6    A Basic knowledge of Classical Chinese
P (12 Senior credit points from Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies)
N CHNS3561


This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program
Semester 2
CHNS3641
Readings in Early Chinese Thought
6    A No knowledge of the Chinese language or of Chinese philosophy is required.
P 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
N CHNS3551, CHNS3451


This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Semester 2
CHNS3642
Governing China: The Premodern Heritage
6    P CHNS2612, Classical Chinese B OR CHNS2112, Readings in Classical Chinese OR CHNS2904, Honours Stream Classical Chinese (2) OR CHNS1314, Classical Chinese for Native Speakers (2).
N CHNS3452, CHNS3552
Semester 1
CHNS3645
Classical Chinese Prose
6    P CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904 or CHNS2612
N CHNS3547, CHNS3447


This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Semester 2
CHNS3646
Classical Chinese Fiction
6    A Good grounding in Classical Chinese
P CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904
N CHNS3543, CHNS3443


This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Semester 1
CHNS3647
Classical Chinese Poetry
6    P (CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS)
N CHNS3441, CHNS3541
Semester 1
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 from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Government and International Relations and GOVT2424)
N ASNS2118
Semester 1

Exchange/In-Country

CHNS1801
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS1802
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2650
Chinese In-Country Study A
6    A 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.
P CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 (or a sequel within the same stream); or any senior CHNS unit of study whose numeric code has 60 as the second and third digits. 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.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int December
Int July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2651
Chinese In-Country Study B
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int December
Int July
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2652
Chinese In-Country Study C
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2653
Chinese In-Country Study D
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2654
Chinese In-Country Study E
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2655
Chinese In-Country Study F
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2656
Chinese In-Country Study G
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2657
Chinese In-Country Study H
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2810
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2811
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2812
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS2813
Chinese Exchange
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Honours

CHNS4011
Chinese Honours A
12    P Credit average or better in 48 senior credit points of Chinese Studies, including completion of the major. ASNS3690, Approaches to Research in Asian Studies is strongly recommended and may be counted towards the required 48 senior credit points by all students except those whose qualifying senior credit points include (CHNS2601 or CHNS2101) and/or (CHNS2602 or CHNS2102). Intending Honours students are advised to take as many senior credit points as possible in Chinese language and China-related subjects.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS4012
Chinese Honours B
12    C CHNS4011
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS4013
Chinese Honours C
12    C CHNS4012
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNS4014
Chinese Honours D
12    C CHNS4013
Semester 1
Semester 2