- Code ASIA2077
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course offers a survey of the history and development of varieties of the Chinese language (spoken and written) from its earliest forms down to the present moment.
The course introduces students to the history and rich variety of Chinese language usage through the ages, through both the spoken and writtten languages of China.
Topics covered will include the beginning of the Chinese script with the Oracle bones of the Shang dynasty (ca 2100 to 1600 BCE); the development of Archaic, Early and Middle Classical Chinese; the use of the Chinese script in Japan, Korea and Vietnam; the development of the written vernacular language; the simplification of the script; systems of Romanisation; the varieties of other Chinese languages (dialects) and their written forms; the use of Chinese on the World Wide Web and for texting
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Understand issues in the history and variety of the language of China; to integrate this theoretical and historical knowledge with empirical examples; learn to think critically; develop skills in synthesising and contextualising new information; develop skills to locate, analyse, evaluate, and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Chinese; develop an ability to work in cooperative groups on key issues in this field of Chinese Studies and to communicate findings to others.
Tutorial participation (10%)
Tutorial presentation (15%)
Major essay (40%)
Final examination (35%).
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week
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