• Class Number 1650
  • Term Code 2920
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mark Strange
    • Dr Mark Strange
    • Dr Yao-Chih Ho
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 04/02/2019
  • Class End Date 03/03/2019
  • Census Date 15/02/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/02/2019
SELT Survey Results

 “Had I been born Chinese, I would have been a calligrapher, not a painter.” said Pablo Picasso. Why was calligraphy so attractive to him? Why has the art of writing lines become so appealing? Chinese calligraphy certainly is a “second to none” art form, and is without doubt the most important form of art in Chinese history. In daily and academic lives, Chinese words/characters are not only for embodying meaning, but also for various purposes of cultural expression, such as writing, artistic performing, religion, aesthetics and philosophy, social life and “tempering personality”. In fact, it is rare to find any Chinese literati without the ability to function in this art in earlier historical periods. Therefore, it can be said that Chinese culture truly is a filled “culture of words.”

Additionally, Chinese history is closely reflected in the long development of Chinese characters, which has evolved into different styles. It creates a set of delicate and profound Chinese aesthetic theory, which echoes Chinese art theory and philosophy, such as “the vacuity vs. substance” (or “the empty/illusionary” vs. “the real/full/solid/the substance”), and loose vs. density, or the dialectical relationship between“blackness vs. whiteness” (or the black line vs. the white space). Chinese calligraphy can also be said to be a unique abstract art through linear expression. In Taiwan, Mainland China, Korea and Japan, postgraduate degrees in calligraphy are offered in Chinese or art departments. Learning and knowing Chinese calligraphy as such is necessary for all Chinese studies, especially those wanting an advanced understanding about Chinese history and culture.

This course provides students with a general, yet profound, introduction to Chinese calligraphy. Through practice and knowledge acquirement, such as holding a brush, writing and knowing the knowledge of the "four treasures”, students can experience this ancient Chinese art and cultivate an interest for Chinese culture. As simplified Chinese has gradually become a dominant trend nowadays, traditional Chinese nevertheless is still a genuine access point to Chinese culture and Sinology in terms of its history, aesthetics and philosophy and literati circles. Simplified vs. traditional characters also reflects in different Chinese societies, namely Mainland China and Taiwan. Students will learn how to write and appreciate this “art of lines,” accompanied by the knowledge of its history and theory.

Learning Outcomes

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

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues in the history and culture of Chinese calligraphy;
2. Integrate theoretical and aesthetic knowledge into practical experience;
3. Appreciate and analyse this Chinese art form;
4. Put into practice comparative principles of reading traditional and simplified Chinese characters;
5. Develop basic skills of writing calligraphy.

Additional Course Costs

Materials for calligraphy will be provided at no extra cost.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction; background knowledge and skills
2 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 1; basic strokes 1
3 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 2; basic strokes 2; structures
4 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 3; eight basic strokes; clerical form
5 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 4; eight basic strokes (cont.); regular form
6 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 5; advanced practice
7 History and aesthetics of calligraphy 6; project planning
8 Execution of project
9 Completion of final work; arrangement of exhibition and presentation
10 Completion of final work; opening of exhibition and presentation
11 No class Final essay (due 3 March 2019)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Course participation 10 % 15/02/2019 03/04/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Oral presentation 20 % 15/02/2019 15/02/2019 1, 3, 4
Final research essay 30 % 03/03/2019 03/04/2019 1, 3, 4
Final exhibition artwork 40 % 15/02/2019 03/04/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 15/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Course participation

Students will contribute in an active and constructive manner to discussion both the lecturer and their classmates. They will be expected to demonstrate evidence of preparation for in-class discussions and activities, as prescribed by the course teacher.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/02/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Oral presentation

Students will be expected to give one presentation during the course to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research findings on an assigned topic to an audience of their piers. The presentation may complement, but may not overlap with, their final research essay.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Final research essay

Students will write a research essay of up to 2,500 words on a topic related to the history and practice of Chinese calligraphy. Students will be assessed on their ability to think about the major themes of the course in an analytic way; to apply that thinking to a specific research problem; to locate and use a range of scholarship suitable to the problem under consideration; and to construct a coherent, and fully referenced written argument. The word limit includes footnotes and other annotations, but excludes a bibliography.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 15/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final exhibition artwork

Students will produce a work of calligraphy for exhibition. The overall mark for this exhibition work will be divided among two components:

  • a caption to accompany the work, in no more than 500 words, offering an historical and aesthetic explanation and appreciation of it (10%);
  • the artwork itself (35%).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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