• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code ACHN-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Standard Modern Chinese (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.

The Advanced Chinese Language Minor is for students who already have a high level of competence in Mandarin. It deepens students’ knowledge and critical understanding of Chinese languages and cultures, continuing to improve their proficiency in reading and listening comprehension as well as oral and written expression. The courses included in this Advanced Minor allow students to examine in more detail cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of the Chinese – speaking world. This Advanced Minor is also designed for heritage students, or background learners, of Chinese.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this minor, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Standard Modern Chinese to:

  1. Express themselves confidently and accurately in polite and informal registers, in a style appropriate to the situation, contents, and audience;
  2. Read, comprehend and infer authors' meaning in newspapers, magazines, and literary texts;
  3. Engage with authentic media such as television news broadcasts, movies, short stories and novels by summarizing, analysing, evaluating and criticizing their content;
  4. Write texts in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student;
  5. Write, perform and record presentations or interviews either individually or in cooperative groups, and answer questions based on those performances or interviews.

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.

To gain entry into this sub plan, students who are commencing language studies will be required to take a proficiency 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 minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

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

CHIN3023 Modern Chinese 6
CHIN3024 Advanced Modern Chinese A
CHIN3025 Advanced Modern Chinese B
CHIN3211 Reading China: Past and Present
CHIN3212 Reading Chinese Literature: Theory and Criticism

A maximum of 18 units from completion of the following course(s):

CHIN3022 Modern Chinese 5
CHIN3041 Case Studies in Translation: Chinese/English
CHIN3216 Chinese-English Interpreting
CHIN3030 Literary Chinese 1
CHIN3031 Literary Chinese 2
CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese
CHIN2013 Taiwanese
CHIN2024 Cantonese 1
CHIN2025 Cantonese 2
CHIN3203 Cantonese 3

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