Chinese Studies

Chinese Studies

CHNS1101 Chinese 1A (For Beginners)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Linda Tsung Session: Semester 1,Summer Main,Winter Main Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Corequisites: Students are strongly advised to take CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers; eligibility for CHNS1201 or higher Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 100wd) (10%), 5xon-line or individual learning assignments (30 minutes each) (20%), 2xoral presentations (3 minutes each) (40%), 2xwriting projects (1.5hrs each) (30%)
This unit is an introduction to basic communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese for beginners. Foundation work on pronunciation, pinyin romanisation, elementary grammar and the Chinese writing system will be followed by conversational drills, comprehension, reading and writing practice in classwork and homework.
CHNS1102 Chinese 1B (For Beginners)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Linda Tsung Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS1101 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for CHNS1201 or higher Assumed knowledge: One semester of Chinese at introductory level Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 100wd) (10%), 5x on-line or individual learning assignments (30 minutes each) (20%), 2x oral presentations (3 minutes each) (40%), 2x 1.5hr writing projects (30%)
This unit is a continuation of Chinese 1A. Emphasis will be on grammar patterns that facilitate speaking and reading skills. On completion, students should have a good grasp of common grammatical patterns and be able to communicate with Chinese native speakers in daily contexts.
CHNS1201 Chinese 1C (For Advanced Beginners)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Corequisites: Students are strongly advised to take CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for higher-level classes Assumed knowledge: Native- or near-native fluency in a spoken Chinese language (e.g., Putonghua, Cantonese) combined with no, or very limited, knowledge of characters Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 150wds) (15%), 1xoral presentation (2.5 minutes) (25%), quizzes and exercises (equivalent to 300wds) (30%), 2x1hr reading/writing tests (30%)
A fast-paced intermediate unit of study intended primarily for native and fluent "background" speakers of Chinese languages, including Cantonese, who know few (up to about 200) characters or none at all. The objective is rapid development of Chinese-language proficiency to equip students for advanced work in Chinese Studies. Emphases include reading and writing skills and standard Putonghua pronunciation.
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CHNS1202 Chinese 1D (For Advanced Beginners)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS1201 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, eligibility for higher-level classes Assumed knowledge: 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 Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 100wds) (10%), 1x5 minute oral presentation (20%), vocabulary quizzes (10wds each) (20%), composition tests and exercises (equivalent to 200-300wds) (20%), 2x1.5hr major reading/writing tests (2x15%)
Continuation of Chinese 1C, with similar objectives, pace and workload. By the end of the year, students should be able to read Chinese-language materials of limited complexity, and to discuss them in Putonghua.
CHNS1303 Chinese for Background Speakers 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 1,Summer Main,Winter Main Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: Must have passed HSC Chinese (Background Speakers) or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese Prohibitions: CHNS1101, CHNS1102, CHNS2601, CHNS2602 Assessment: written assignments (equivalent to 2500wds in English) (50%), 1x oral presentation (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), 1x written class test (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%)
The unit meets the needs of students who have passed HSC Chinese (Background Speakers) or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese. The unit aims to further improve their language skills and cultural awareness. It teaches advanced Chinese communication skills and sensitises students to differences between Chinese and English languages and discourses. A range of authentic material will be used, drawn from various media and literary sources, covering topics of contemporary interest.
CHNS1304 Chinese for Background Speakers 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS1303 Prohibitions: CHNS1101, CHNS1102, CHNS2601, CHNS2602 Assessment: 1x written assignment (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), 1x mini research project (equivalent to 1500wds in English) (30%), 1x oral presentation (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), 1x written class test (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (30%)
The unit is a continuation of CHNS1303. It aims to further improve language skills and cultural awareness of students who have passed HSC Chinese (Background) or have completed a major part of their secondary education in Chinese. It teaches advanced Chinese communication skills, including basic academic research skills in Chinese writing and oral presentation, through dealing with a range of authentic material beyond that covered in CHNS1303.
CHNS1600 The Chinese Language, Present and Past

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Linda Tsung Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS1101 or CHNS1201 Corequisites: CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers; CHNS2111, CHNS2112, CHNS2903, CHNS2904, CHNS1313, CHNS1314 Assessment: 4x 30-minute tests (40%), 1x 1000wd essay (30%), 1x10 minute oral presentation based on work for essay (10%); homework assignments (200wds each) (20%)
The Chinese language is a complex, constantly evolving social institution with a fascinating history. Its influence has been felt throughout East Asia and much of mainland Southeast Asia. This unit of study introduces important aspects of that history to students at the early stages of learning Modern Standard Chinese. Besides acquiring insights that will aid their mastery of the modern language, students will sample the interest and beauty of the classical language, vehicle of traditional Chinese poetry and philosophy.
CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ASNS1101 Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1xin-class test (30%), 1xclass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%) and tutorial participation (10%)
This unit of study introduces key topics essential to understanding contemporary Chinese society and culture, including geography and environment, recent social and political change, art, literature and cultural practice, population and economic structure, education systems and issues of gender and sexuality. As a foundational unit in Chinese studies, it assumes no background knowledge of China or the Chinese language. It will be taught in English with an interdisciplinary approach.
CHNS2601 Chinese 2A (Lower Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 4x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS1102 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers or equivalent, CHNS2101 Assumed knowledge: One year (approx. 5 hours per week for 26 weeks) of Chinese at introductory level Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), short compositions (equivalent to 1000wds) (15%), oral tests (equivalent to 1000wds) (35%) and in-class tests (equivalent to 1000wds) (40%)
Intermediate unit of study in Modern Standard Chinese. Rapid vocabulary expansion, strengthening of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and sophistication of grammatical knowledge will be pursued in integrated fashion. On completion of this unit of study, students should be able to engage in real life communication, write short compositions and read fluently within their vocabulary range.
CHNS2602 Chinese 2B (Lower Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 4x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS2601 or CHNS2101 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers or equivalent, CHNS2102 Assumed knowledge: Sound intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Chinese, including full mastery of about 1000 characters (preferably full-form). Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), short compositions (equivalent to 1000wds) (15%), oral tests (equivalent to 1000wds) (35%) and in-class tests (equivalent to 1000wds) (40%)
Continuation of Chinese 2A, with similar workload. Rapid enhancement and expansion of essential Chinese-language skills (proficiency in listening and speaking, reading comprehension, dictionary use, character knowledge, etc.). On completion of this unit of study, students be able to read Chinese-language materials of limited complexity and to discuss their content orally and write short compositions.
CHNS2611 Classical Chinese A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Esther Klein Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS1102 or CHNS1202 or CHNS2602 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3604 or CHNS2102 or CHNS3104 or CHNS2204 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers (or equivalent), CHNS2111, CHNS2903, CHNS1313 Assumed knowledge: Minimum of one year of Chinese at introductory level. Assessment: classwork (10%), 2x 30-minute tests (10%), 3x 40-minute tests (60%), 1x reading project resulting in 1500wd essay (20%)
Foundation work in Classical Chinese, an ancient language that still plays a role in modern China and that often challenges Western notions of how languages behave. Students will develop a basic understanding of the grammar and vocabulary, thus equipping themselves for exploration of China's distinctive philosophical and literary traditions in the original language. They will undertake supplementary reading in English on a topic of their choice, thus enriching their knowledge of premodern Chinese culture.
CHNS2612 Classical Chinese B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Esther Klein Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS2611 or CHNS2111 or HSC Chinese for Background Speakers or CHNS1313 or CHNS2903 Prohibitions: CHNS2112, CHNS2904, CHNS1314 Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 100wds) (10%), 3x50-minute tests (3x20%), homework exercises (equivalent to 200wds) (10%), 1x reading project resulting in a 1500wd essay (20%)
Continued study of Classical Chinese grammar and vocabulary through original texts. Students will gain the knowledge and confidence to explore a wider range of ancient and early-imperial Chinese philosophical and literary writings, including some poetry, thereby acquainting themselves with certain major authors in the Chinese tradition. Supplementary reading in English will enable them to broaden and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture while practising some basic research skills.
CHNS2613 Communication and Social Change in China

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joyce Nip Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies) Assumed knowledge: No Chinese-language skill is required Assessment: 1xcase study presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (20%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit examines the relationship between communication and social change in contemporary China, inclusive of mainland China, Hong Kong, and regional sites. Students will learn about selected major events and trends in Chinese societies. They will also learn about the use of communications, including new media, in selected major events. Theories that examine the consequences of communication on community development and democratic participation will be introduced.
CHNS2614 Understanding News About China

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joyce Nip Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies) Corequisites: CHNS1601 Assumed knowledge: No Chinese-language skill is required Assessment: 1x1000wd in-class comparative news analysis (25%), 1x800wd presentation of news analysis (15%), 1x1700wd indepth research report (40%), 1x500wd sharing of resource online (10%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit introduces the institutions, theories and methods for students to understand the news media in present-day China, inclusive of mainland China, Hong Kong, and regional sites. The media system, regulations, and the major news outlets in Chinese societies are introduced. Global theories of news production provide the conceptual tool, and elementary content analysis methods provide the research tool for analyzing and comparing news reports produced in English by the Chinese and other news media.
CHNS3601 Chinese 3A (Upper Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS2602 or CHNS1202 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS3103 Assumed knowledge: Two years of university-level Chinese-language instruction for students without prior knowledge of Chinese Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 1500wds) (10%), oral presentations (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), writing assignments (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), in-class tests (1500wds equivalent) (40%)
Upper-intermediate unit of study in Modern Standard Chinese. Proficiency in reading will be developed through study of Chinese-language texts on a range of social and cultural topics. Speaking, listening, reading and writing will be enhanced through advanced language exercises, including composition and discussion, with due attention to the more sophisticated skills (e.g., use of appropriate registers, intelligent dictionary use, expressing ideas on more complex issues than at lower-intermediate level).
CHNS3602 Chinese 3B (Upper Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS3601 or CHNS3103 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS3104 Assumed knowledge: Two and a half years of university-level Chinese-language instruction for students without prior knowledge of Chinese Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 1500wds) (10%), oral presentations (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), writing assignments (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), in-class tests (1500wds equivalent) (40%)
Continuation of Chinese 3A (Upper Intermediate). Continuing development of Chinese-language literacy through study of texts on a range of social and cultural topics, including some authentic literary texts. Further enhancement of speaking, listening and writing skills through advanced language exercises, including composition and discussion. Upon completion, students should be comfortable with both full-form and simplified characters, use dictionaries and language registers discerningly, and be confident of their ability to express ideas and arguments effectively in Chinese.
CHNS3603 Chinese 4A (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS1202 or CHNS3602 or CHNS3104 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS2203, CHNS2204 Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 2000wds) (10%), in-class tests (equivalent to 2000wds) (40%), 1x30 minute oral presentation (30%) and Chinese-language writing assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (20%)
Advanced training in modern Chinese language, with a focus on reading. By studying a range of literary and non-literary texts, graded for difficulty, students will acquire the reading skills necessary for advanced work in Chinese Studies. They will enrich their knowledge of Chinese as a vehicle for discussion of important issues, while developing their own skills in oral and written expression of relatively complex subject matter.
CHNS3604 Chinese 4B (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaowei Zhang Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: CHNS3603 or CHNS2203 Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers, CHNS2204 Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 2000wds) (10%), in-class tests (equivalent to 2000wds) (40%), 1x 30 minute oral presentation (30%) and Chinese-language writing assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (20%)
Continuation of Chinese 4A (Advanced). Further training in the reading skills necessary for advanced work in Chinese Studies or professional work requiring Chinese-language literacy. Students will gain familiarity with a broader range of literary and non-literary texts reflecting the concerns of Chinese people in the modern world, while enhancing their ability to discuss complex subject matter in both spoken and written Chinese.
CHNS3605 Advanced Chinese Studies A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 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). Prohibitions: HSC Chinese for Background Speakers Assessment: classwork (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), in-class tests (equivalent to 1000wds) (40%), 1xpresentation based on research project (equivalent to 500wds) (20%), 1xessay resulting from research project (equivalent to 2500wds) (30%)
This unit is designed for advanced learners and near native speakers of the Chinese language. It emphasizes analysis and discussions in Chinese on topics that reflect aspects of modern Chinese society, culture and politics. Students will gain practice in independent library-based research through associated research project and essay work.
CHNS3607 Chinese Buddhist Texts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS2904 Assessment: Translations (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1x1000wd mid semester test (20%), 1x1500wd research essay (35%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit introduces students of literary Chinese to Buddhist texts. Students read and translate text selections in a variety of genres, as well as reading secondary materials on textual analysis in order to gain familiarity with a range of styles of discourse that developed during the formative period of Buddhism in China. This unit also serves as an introduction to translation methods and linguistic problem-solving.
CHNS3610 Chinese Translation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: (CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) OR CHNS3604 OR CHNS3612 Assessment: 1x500wd exam (20%), 1x800wd reflective essay (10%), 1x1000wd mini practicum project (20%), 1x500wd online discussion (10%), weekly assignments (equivalent to 3200wds) (40%)
This unit aims to develop written fluency in Chinese and English through translation practices. The unit is designed to further develop students' advanced writing and translation skills. Practical tasks will include translation from English into Chinese and vice versa, using a wide range of texts, including newspaper reports, advertisements, product package text, film subtitles, tourist brochures, web pages, and relatively simple technical, legal and official documents.
CHNS3611 Chinese for Specific Purposes 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Linda Tsung Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS3602 or CHNS3604 Prohibitions: CHNS3605, CHNS3606 Assessment: 1x1500wd written assignment (40%), 2x10 minute oral presentations (30%), 1x1000wd research project (20%), classwork and tutorial participation (10%)
This unit of study is intended for students who have a sound intermediate competence of Modern Standard Chinese and wish to study the language for specific purposes. The unit provides training in basic knowledge of Chinese terms, etiquette and ethics in different professions, such as medicine, law, engineering and business. It will enhance students' practical communication skills in different social and professional contexts. It will also help them develop a general understanding of inter-professional knowledge in Chinese.
CHNS3612 Chinese for Specific Purposes 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Linda Tsung Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS3611 Prohibitions: CHNS3605, CHNS3606 Assessment: 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 2x10 minute oral presentations (30%), 1x1000wd research project (20%), classwork and tutorial participation (10%)
The unit is a continuation of CHNS3611. It aims to further improve students' Chinese communication skills for specific purposes. The unit provides training in advanced knowledge of Chinese terms, etiquette and ethics in different professions, such as medicine, law, engineering and business. It will focus on a wide range of genres, including case studies in different social and professional contexts. It will enhance students' analytical and practical communication skills in Chinese.
CHNS3621 Case Studies in Chinese Translation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS1304 or CHNS3605 or CHNS3610 Assessment: 1x1500wd theoretical essay (30%), 1x2000wd mini research project (40%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (20%), tutorial discussion (equivalent to 500wds) (10%)
The unit is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects surrounding the work of Chinese/English translation. Through selected readings of existing translations and their associated critical apparatus, as well as theoretical treatments of the issue of translation, students will develop a detailed knowledge of the theoretical and methodological issues in Chinese translation.
CHNS3633 Lu Xun and China's Modern Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS) Assumed knowledge: No knowledge of the Chinese language or literature is required Assessment: classwork (10%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), other written assignments, (e.g. discussion report) (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), oral assignments, (e.g. presentation plus discussion leadership) (20%)
Lu Xun was one of the most influential Chinese writers in the early decades of the twentieth century. The works of Lu Xun and his contemporaries marked the emergence of a modern Chinese literature that reflected its proponents' anxiety for sociocultural change and national salvation, absorbed external influences, and was intended to reach a wide readership. This unit of study highlights works by Lu Xun and other major authors in the context of the intellectual history of the time.
CHNS3639 Chinese Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening Prerequisites: 12 credit points from Table A of the Table of Units of Study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Assumed knowledge: No knowledge of the Chinese language or cinema is required. Assessment: classwork (10%), oral presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd essay (40%)
This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.
CHNS3640 Chinese History Through Chinese Eyes

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Esther Klein Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points from Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies) Prohibitions: CHNS3561 Assumed knowledge: Basic knowledge of Classical Chinese Assessment: classwork (20%), 1x1hr test (30%), 1x2000wd essay (30%), additional written assignments and tests (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%)
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program
How did the early Chinese come to develop one of the world's great historiographical traditions? In their narratives of both exemplary and counter-exemplary behavior, what sort of personal qualities were thought to influence the course of history? How was social change perceived? Was there an understanding of "impersonal" forces of history, such as economics? These and other questions will be explored as we read in the rich sources left by premodern China's own historians.
CHNS3641 Readings in Early Chinese Thought

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaohuan Zhao Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 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 Prohibitions: CHNS3551, CHNS3451 Assumed knowledge: No knowledge of the Chinese language or of Chinese philosophy is required. Assessment: 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%)
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
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.
CHNS3642 Governing China: The Premodern Heritage

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Esther Klein Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 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). Prohibitions: CHNS3452, CHNS3552 Assessment: classwork (20%), 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x1-hr test (20%), additional written assignments equivalent to 1500wds (e.g. translation, annotation, analysis), at least part of which may be done under test conditions (30%)
How did premodern Chinese governments keep their realms well-organised without computers? What kinds of problem did rulers and their advisors identify, and how did they propose to deal with them? In this unit of study we shall explore how premodern Chinese statesmen and political philosophers drew on both Confucian and Legalist ideas to address problems such as crime, population growth, social inequality, environmental change, famine, and despotism. We shall read some remarkable documents in the original Classical Chinese.
CHNS3645 Classical Chinese Prose

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaohaun Zhao Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904 or CHNS2612 Prohibitions: CHNS3547, CHNS3447 Assessment: 2x45 minute tests (30%), 1x2000wd essay (25%), 1x20 minute oral presentation based on work for essay (10%), short written translation exercises (equivalent to 1000wds) (15%). classwork (20%).
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Critical examination of samples of admired nonfictional writing in Classical Chinese from after the foundation of the unified empire in 221 B.C. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between style and substance in literary Chinese prose. One or two genres (e.g., travel-related or argumentative essays) or periods (e.g., the Tang dynasty) may be studied in greater depth, and students will be expected to consult relevant secondary scholarship in the selected areas.
CHNS3646 Classical Chinese Fiction

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaohaun Zhao Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904 Prohibitions: CHNS3543, CHNS3443 Assumed knowledge: Good grounding in Classical Chinese Assessment: classwork (20%), 2x40-minute tests (30%), 1x2000wd essay (25%), 1xoral presentation based on work for essay (10%), other exercises (e.g. translation) equivalent to 1000 wds of essay (15%).
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
How does the lean prose of Classical Chinese express complexities of feeling or imagination? What issues does fiction in this ancient language raise about traditional Chinese society, beliefs and values? This unit of study examines samples of such fiction from one or more historical periods (e.g., pre-Tang tales of the supernatural, the chuanqi fiction of the Sui and Tang, the "strange stories" of the seventeenth-century scholar Pu Songling) in light of these questions and of modern scholarship.
CHNS3647 Classical Chinese Poetry

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Xiaohaun Zhao Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: (CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS) Prohibitions: CHNS3441, CHNS3541 Assessment: classwork (15%), 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1hr tests (2x20%), 1xoral presentation (15%)
An outstanding achievement of Chinese culture has been a vast corpus of poetry, remarkable for its aesthetic qualities and political and cultural importance. In this unit, the development and distinctive features of classical poetry will be explored through selected poems representing various genres and periods. One or two genres may be studied in greater depth, such as the ancient, richly symbolic Chu ci, the poetry of the great Tang masters, or the innovative lyric verse of the Song dynasty.
CHNS4011 Chinese Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wei Wang Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Two or three seminars, each meets weekly for two hours for one semester Prerequisites: 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. Assessment: a thesis of 18000-20000 words and two seminars or a thesis of 12000 - 15000 words and three seminars
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Honours program in Chinese Studies consists of:
1. a long thesis written in English (18000 - 20000 words) and two seminars. The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours result and the seminars 40% (each seminar 20%) or
2. a short thesis in English (12000 - 15000 words) and three seminars. The thesis is worth 40% of the final Honours result and the seminars 60% (each seminar 20%).
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
Semester 1: Theory and Method in Asian Studies (Dr Olivier Ansart)
Semester 2: Engaging Asia (Dr Rebecca Suter) In consultation with the supervisor and with the approval of the Chair of the Department, students can also select seminars from other programs in the Faculty of Arts. The Department also offers joint Honours supervision with other programs.
For more information, contact Dr Wei Wang
CHNS4012 Chinese Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CHNS4011
Refer to CHNS4011
CHNS4013 Chinese Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CHNS4012
Refer to CHNS4011
CHNS4014 Chinese Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CHNS4013
Refer to CHNS4011