• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Language Studies
  • Specialisation code LCHN-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Literary Chinese language and culture Specialisation

This specialisation will equip students with a command of Classical Chinese indispensable for the study of Chinese literature, thought, history, political and social institutions. Classical or literary Chinese is a written language that matured long before the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.E.) when China first became an empire. Many of the great legacies of Chinese culture right down to the twentieth century were written in this medium. It was also used widely in pre-modern Korea, Japan and Vietnam. It is only through the medium of Classical Chinese that China's history and cultural traditions are made accessible. Moreover, many idioms, set phrases, allusions and sentence patterns in modern Chinese are inherited from classical Chinese. Indeed, even today, without some grounding in classical Chinese it is impossible to read the headlines in many Taiwanese and Hong Kong newspapers.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CHIN6530 Literary Chinese 1

CHIN6531 Literary Chinese 2

A minimum of 12 units from completion of CHIN6015 Advanced Literary Chinese, which may be completed more than once.

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