• 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

This course introduces key aspects of contemporary Chinese culture and society without assuming prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language. As a core course for the Chinese major students, it offers critical examinations of culture in today's China, in particular, popular culture and mass media, and aims to link knowledge and visions on China’s past and present. It also exposes students to  the ways in which a text is read and the epistemological and political issues that arise in cross-cultural examinations of culture and society. Topics of discussion include:

  • China and Chineseness
  • Orientalism and the study of China
  • Ethnicity and Chinese identity
  • Languages in China
  • Postsocialist Chinese literature
  • Cinema: from foreign import to global brand
  • Media boom and cyber culture
  • Music and performing arts
  • Gender in contemporary China
  • Globalization and nationalism
  • Chinese diaspora

Learning Outcomes

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

Students will -

1. obtain in-depth knowledge and insights on contemporary Chinese society and culture

2. become acquainted with major issues relating to social change in China and their significance in a globalising world.

3. will develop skills of examining other cultures and societies from a comparative perspective and

4. will be able to formulate critical questions using conceptual tools learned from the course.

Indicative Assessment

(1) Tutorial participation 10%

(2) Tutorial Presentation 20% (LO 1,2)

(3) Tutorial Paper 1000 words 30% (LO 1,2,3)

(4) Research Essay 3000 words 40% (LO 2,3,4)

Students are required to fulfil each of the of the five components of assessment in order to pass the course as a whole. 

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Three hours per week - 2 hour lecture plus 1 hour tutorial.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Prescribed Texts

Kam Louie, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2008).





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9613 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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