• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Minor code CHST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Chinese civilisation provided the foundations for what has become Modern East Asia. With China on the verge of becoming a world power again, Australia seeks to redefine its relationship with China and its role in the region. Chinese Studies at the ANU allows students to engage both broadly and deeply with China’s past and present. The Chinese Studies Minor offers include courses in linguistics, literature (traditional and modern), history, culture, politics, archaeology, calligraphy, and on Taiwan. The Major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Chinese culture, history, society and thought.
The Chinese Studies minor is designed to complement the Chinese language major and the Literary Chinese minor, though knowledge of the Chinese language is not required for courses in the Chinese studies minor.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain historical and current events and developments that have shaped China.

2. Identify the socio-cultural and political systems of China,

3. Explain developments in China in their regional and global contexts,

4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Chinese Studies has developed.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2003 Chinese Literature 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2099 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Discourse, Media and Culture 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
BUSI3028 Business in China 6
LING2017 Chinese Linguistics 6
ASIA3034 The Contemporary Chinese World 6
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