• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course is for students interested in China.  It is the prequel to the core course People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B (ASIA1067).  The course focuses on key historical, social, and cultural topics essential to understanding modern China and the influence and legacy of traditional society.  The course is structured around themes such as diversity within unity, history and its usages, aspects of Chinese thought, cultural and religious beliefs and practices, literary and artistic traditions.  The course assumes no background knowledge of China or the Chinese language.

This is a core course for a major in Chinese Studies (or alternatively for a China-rich concentration of latter-year courses) and may also be taken by students from other Faculties.  Once you have successfully completed this course and its sequel, People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B (ASIA1067), you will be well prepared to undertake the study of Chinese history, culture, and society at the intermediate and then the advanced levels.  You will also be in a better position to identify topics that are of interest to you in that vast world called Chinese Studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand key concepts about Chinese culture and thought.

Acquire a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and one’s society.

Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical example.

Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners.

Learn to think critically.

Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument.

Develop skills in synthesising and contextualizing new information.

Develop skills to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources.

Develop the ability to work in co-operative groups on key issues in Chinese Studies and to communicate findings to other course members.

Indicative Assessment

Two tutorial précis (min 500 words each) 20%

Major Essay (Min 2,500 words) 40%

Final Examination 40%

The first form of assessment listed above (tutorial precis) is designed to develop learning outcomes 2, 4, and 9; the essay is designed to develop learning outcomes 1-3 and 5-8; the final examination is designd to consolidate learning outcome 1.






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Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Prescribed Texts

Paul S. Ropp, ed., Heritage of China: Contemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization (Berkeley, Los Angeles & Oxford: University of California Press, 1990)



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4531 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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