• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code CHIN-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Chinese Language and Culture Specialisation

In this specialisation 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.

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

Career opportunities
This specialisation will advance your career in language-related and cross-cultural work in government and non-government organisations, language technologies or as an independent language practitioner or researcher.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this specialisation, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced Beginner level of Standard Modern Chinese to:

1. Express themselves in spoken and written Standard Modern Chinese, with vocabularies appropriate to the context. 

2. Identify and use basic grammatical rules and practised sentence structures to conduct daily conversations, and to recognize and understand basic audio input.

3. Communicate in writing and speaking on a limited range of everyday topics.

4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of common cultural communication practices.

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

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
CHIN6012 Modern Chinese 1: Spoken 6
CHIN6013 Modern Chinese 1: Written 6
CHIN6022 Modern Chinese 2: Spoken 6
CHIN6023 Modern Chinese 2: Written 6
CHIN6520 Modern Chinese 3 6
CHIN6521 Modern Chinese 4 6
CHIN6522 Modern Chinese 5 6
CHIN6523 Modern Chinese 6 6
CHIN6526 Learning Language Locally: China 6-12
CHIN6524 Advanced Modern Chinese A 6
CHIN6525 Advanced Modern Chinese B 6
CHIN6041 Chinese-English Translation 6
CHIN6216 Chinese-English Interpreting: Methodology and Practice 6
CHIN6211 Chinese for Native Speakers A 6
CHIN6212 Chinese for Native Speakers B 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
CHIN6201 Cantonese 1 6
CHIN6202 Cantonese 2 6
CHIN6203 Cantonese 3 6
CHIN6530 Literary Chinese 1 6
CHIN6531 Literary Chinese 2 6
CHIN6015 Advanced Literary Chinese 6
CHIN6016 Taiwanese 6
LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts 6
LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials 6
LANG6016 Translation Project 6
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