• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Major code CHST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Chinese Studies at the ANU is both broad and deep, covering linguistics, literature (traditional and modern), history, philosophy and religion, gender and cultural studies, politics, economics, sociology and ethnic issues, the Chinese diaspora, environmental and archaeological studies, human rights, film and art history, calligraphy and aesthetics, and a designated series of courses on Taiwan. Across the board, links between the old and the new are emphasized. A Chinese Studies 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, though knowledge of the Chinese language is not required for courses in the Chinese studies major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Chinese Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Chinese Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Chinese Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Chinese Studies has been developed.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive  list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,  whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of  courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
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Major Requirements


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

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1066 Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A 6
ASIA2366 Culture and Traditions: Foundations of Chinese Studies A 6
ASIA1067 People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B 6
ASIA2367 People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B 6

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

Code Title Units
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2003 Chinese Fictions 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Ideology, Media and Culture 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government 6
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2034 Modern Chinese Fictions: Identity Politics in China Now 6
ASIA2037 Histories of Modern China 6
ASIA2042 China through Film and Television 6
ASIA2044 History of China: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
ASIA2063 Development Dilemmas in Chinese Politics 6
ASIA2066 The Chinese Art of War: Sunzi Bingfa 6
ASIA2071 Other Chinas 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2077 Varieties of Chinese 6
ASIA2078 Modern Arts in Taiwan 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2203 Chinese Foundations of Civilizations: Prehistory through to Early History 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3025 Tibet and China: Histories and Myths 6
ASIA3051 Archaeology in China 6
BIAN2130 Ancient Medicine 6
BUSI3028 Business in China 6
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
SOCY2061 Contemporary Chinese Society 6
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