• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code CHIN-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

In this major students will learn to speak, listen to, read and write Standard Modern Chinese (Mandarin). Mandarin is the official language of China and one of the world's major languages. As Australia's future is increasingly tied to the rise of China as a world power, the importance of Mandarin will continue to grow. Knowledge of Mandarin not only provides a means of understanding Chinese society and culture but it is also a skill valued in a wide range of professions, both in Australia and internationally. This major is also designed for heritage and background speakers. For heritage learners, relevant language courses recognized in the major include advanced-level translation and readings courses (in Mandarin); Cantonese; and Literary Chinese.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in the PRC or ROC, or other Mandarin – speaking areas. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Standard Modern Chinese to:
1. Express themselves confidently in spoken and written Standard Modern Chinese in informal and formal registers of the language, with vocabularies appropriate to the context.
2. Identify and use advanced grammatical rules and complicated sentence structures relevant to a range of conversational situations and texts; 
3. Communicate spontaneously and with confidence in writing and speaking on a range of intellectually and linguistically challenging topics.
4. Analyse aspects of contemporary Chinese culture, society and politics.

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

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

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

Code Title Units
CHIN3023 Modern Chinese 6 6

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
CHIN1012 Modern Chinese 1: Spoken 6
CHIN1013 Modern Chinese 1: Written 6
CHIN2022 Modern Chinese 2: Spoken 6
CHIN2023 Modern Chinese 2: Written 6
CHIN2014 Modern Chinese 3 6
CHIN2017 Modern Chinese 4 6
CHIN2525 Learning Language Locally: China 6-12
CHIN3022 Modern Chinese 5 6
CHIN3024 Advanced Modern Chinese A 6
CHIN3025 Advanced Modern Chinese B 6
CHIN3041 Chinese-English Translation 6
CHIN3216 Chinese-English Interpreting 6
CHIN3211 Chinese for Native Speakers A 6
CHIN3212 Chinese for Native Speakers B 6

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

Code Title Units
CHIN2019 Literary Chinese 1 6
CHIN2021 Literary Chinese 2 6
CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese 6
CHIN2013 Taiwanese 6
CHIN2024 Cantonese 1 6
CHIN2025 Cantonese 2 6
CHIN3203 Cantonese 3 6
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2100 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 6-12
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