• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course guides advanced students in intensive and extensive readings and in analysis and discussion of Chinese texts in a field of specialisation. It is suitable for heritage learners or students who have completed the 'Year in China' course and have an advanced level of proficiency in spoken and written Chinese. The content of the course will cover different aspects of modern Chinese culture and society and will prepare students for independent research in different fields. At the same time, it will improve their skills of reading comprehension, speaking, writing, analysis, and translation.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Discuss and present on relevant topics of Chinese culture and society in fields of specialization, and to produce advanced-level Chinese language Powerpoint presentations;
2. Analyse the themes under study and offer a critical response to them in writing;
3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to read and understand texts on Chinese cultural and social topics, and to extrapolate meanings from context;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western culture;
5. Produce translations from Chinese into English to a high level of proficiency.

Indicative Assessment

Participation:On-line lectures and tutorials will be conducted weekly to check student’s learning progress on reading and translation skills and their participation in discussion on relevant topics. (Related Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5) 10%                                                          

Presentation assignment: 20%
Each student is expected to do a 10-15-minute Powerpoint presentation on a topic from the readings of a specific week or of your own choice. (Related Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5) 20%

Written assignments:
1. A 1,500  character (minimum) book review on a book about China. (Related Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4) 30%

2. A 2,500 character essay (minimum) on a topic of readings and research on China or in your field of specialty (Related Learning Outcomes: 2, 3) 40%

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.


The course comprises a weekly load of five contact hours. It demands an average of four hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1330 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person

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