• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code CHST-MAJ


Chinese civilisation provided the foundations for what has become Modern East Asia. With China on the verge of becoming a world power again, Australia seeks to redefine its relationship with China and its role in the region. Chinese Studies at the ANU allows students to engage both broadly and deeply with China's past and present. The Chinese Studies Major offers include courses in linguistics, literature (traditional and modern), history, culture, politics, archaeology, calligraphy, and on Taiwan. The Major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Chinese culture, history, society and thought.

The Chinese Studies Major is designed to complement the Chinese language major and the Literary Chinese minor, though knowledge of the Chinese language is not required for courses in the Chinese studies major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Chinese Studies;

2. Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Chinese Studies; 

3. Demonstrate an analytic understanding of the meanings that have been attached to the variety of Chinese experiences;

4. Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Chinese Studies has been developed;

5. Marshal evidence in support of arguments, and construct analytical narratives in response to empirical and theoretical research.

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Study Options
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major's learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor's undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major.
Please Note: To see the pre-2012 rules for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.


Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA3034 The Contemporary Chinese World 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2003 Chinese Literature 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2099 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Discourse, Media and Culture 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
BUSI3028 Business in China 6
LING2017 Chinese Linguistics 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia 6
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
ASIA3051 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia 6
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives 6
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia 6
ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes 6
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific 6
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