• 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, Cultural Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course is for students interested in China.  It is the sequel to the core course Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A (ASIA1066).  The course introduces key historical, social, and cultural topics essential to understanding modern China and the influence and legacy of traditional society.  The course is structured around a number of significant people and characters, both real and imaginary, discussed within their historical contexts.  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 prequel, Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A (ASIA1066), 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:

  1. Understand key concepts about Chinese history and society.
  2. Acquire a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and one’s society.
  3. Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical example.
  4. Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners.
  5. Learn to think critically.
  6. Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument.
  7. Develop skills in synthesising and contextualizing new information.
  8. Develop skills to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources.
  9. 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 exercises (min 500 words each; both 10%)

Major essay (min 2500 words; 45%)

Final Examination (35%)

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Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA1067.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8533 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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